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What is Zikat-ul-fitr or Fitrana

Ramadan is a time to show compassion and love to your Muslim brothers and sisters. So that we can understand the suffering of our Muslim brethren who occasionally go days without these essentials, we refrain from food and water for a complete month.

Eid-ul-Fitr, a celebration, and reward after a whole month of patience and brotherliness, marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Each Muslim is required to give a set amount in kind or in food, called as fitrana, in order to include the needy and underprivileged in this celebration. 

If you are a self-supporting Muslim that has food in access, it is required that the Zikat-ul-Fitr or Fitrana be given in the form of food supplies to those that are less needy on behalf of your yourself and your dependents. It is a compulsion of Islam for every self-supporting adult, and as all the beautiful directions Islam gives us, this too helps bring people together at a time of need. 

The Prophet of Allah (PBUH) said, “The fasting of the month of fasting will be hanging between earth and the heavens and it will not be raised up to the Divine Presence without paying the Zakat al-Fitr.”

When to Give the Fitrana?

The payment of Fitrana becomes obligatory after the sunset on the evening of the last fast of Ramadan. Once the moon of Shawwal is sighted, each person who is obliged to pay Fitrana, must pay it forward, before the Eid day.

How Much is the Fitrana?

The value of the Fitrana can fluctuate based on the socio-economic situation, Fitrana is measured as three and a half kilograms of wheat, barley, rice, or any staple edible item for each person.

This can be paid in the form of monetary donations which roughly equal the amount of £5 per person you are paying for. 

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