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Giving Zakat Al-Fitra

By paying Zakat Al-Fitra on this page, you are authorising Al-Ayn to pay Zakat Al-Fitra on your behalf. The amount per person is $10 (with the intention of it being instead of 3kg of rice and any excess of that being Sadaqa).

Zakat Al-Fitra (Fitrana) from the UK can be placed in Al-Ayn’s Sadaqa Boxes any time during the month of Ramadan, up to noon on the day of Eid (or Salatul Eid if one is praying it). Zakat Al-Fitra could also be paid on this page, whilst authorising Al-Ayn to make the payment of Zakat Al-Fitra on your behalf.

Please also note that it is obligatory for sponsors to pay the Zakat of the orphaned child they are sponsoring. The payment should be in proportion to the amount of the child’s sustenance which the sponsor covers. As a precaution the sponsor may pay the full amount of the Zakat. If they have not paid in previous years, they should also pay as a precaution, with the intention (Niyya) of “Al-Qurba Al-Mutlaqa” (seeking nearness to Allah).

Important Information About Zakat al-Fitra

Who has to pay Zakat Al-Fitra?

Zakat Al-Fitra is a payment obligatory on every Muslim who is mature (baligh), sane, conscious, and financially capable (i.e., able to meet the living expenses of themselves and their family for one year, or has an occupation through which they are able to meet that). Zakat Al-Fitra should also be paid on behalf of all dependants, young or old.

How much is Zakat Al-Fitra?

Zakat Al-Fitra is one sa’a (3kg) of a common staple food in your country (e.g. rice). You can also pay the monetary equivalent of 3kg of such food in your local currency.

Can I pay Zakat Al-Fitra without specifying that it is the monetary equivalent of a staple food?

You must have the intention that what you are paying is the equivalent of 3kg of a common staple food in your country.

Should I calculate Zakat Al-Fitra based on the cost of the staple food in my country, or the country where the needy will be receiving the Zakat?

Zakat Al-Fitra should be calculated based on the cost in the country you are in.

How much is Zakat Al-Fitra in Australia?

Zakat Al-Fitra in Australia can be paid as $10, which is the monetary equivalent of 3kg of rice.

When do I need to pay Zakat Al-Fitra?

Zakat Al-Fitra can be paid anytime during the month of Ramadhan, up to noon on the day of Eid (or up to the prayer of Eid for those praying it).

Is it permissible to pay Zakat Al-Fitra online or via bank transfer?

Yes, however two things are needed here:
1) You must authorise the receiving organisation (e.g. Al-Ayn) to pay Zakat Al-Fitra on your behalf.
2) The money must be received by the needy before noon on the day of Eid, since the meaning of azl (putting the money to a side) does not apply to electronic transfers. Giving Zakat Al-Fitra to Al-Ayn satisfies this condition.

Do I have to pay Zakat Al-Fitra of the child I am sponsoring?

According to a religious ruling, it is obligatory for sponsors to pay Zakat Al-Fitra of the orphaned child they are sponsoring. The payment should be in proportion to the amount of the child’s sustenance which the sponsor covers. For example, if you are covering all their sustenance, you need to pay the full amount. If you are covering half their sustenance, you need to pay half the amount, and so on. As a precaution, you may pay the full amount of the Zakat.

What if I had not paid Zakat Al-Fitra in previous years for the child I am sponsoring?

If you have not paid Zakat Al-Fitra in previous years, you should now pay this as a precaution, with the intention (niyya) of “Al-Qurba Al-Mutlaqa” (seeking nearness to God).