Zakat al-Fitr/Fitrana is an obligatory religious charity, compulsory for those who have enough wealth. Fitrana is given to ensure the needy and the impoverished can celebrate Eid al Fitr with ease and with a celebratory spirit.
How Is Fitrana Donated?
Those individuals who earn generous amounts of income for themselves and their families, and have excess food, are under obligation to give Fitrana on behalf of themselves and their dependents. Like Zakat, Fitrana is given in charity to assist relatives, poor neighbours, the needy in general and the administrative bodies like Saba Relief. Still, the important rule to remember is to pay it before the Eid prayers.
Narrated: Ibn Umar:
“The Prophet ﷺ ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going to the Eid prayer.”
– Sahih Bukhari Chapter: 25, Hadith: 585
Fitrana is usually given in the last Ashra of Ramadan to show gratitude to Allah S.W.T for His favours and support the deprived Muslim community so they may easily observe Eid Al Fitr.
The Fitrana Amount
During the time of Prophet Mohammad ﷺ, the Fitrana was set at a value of one Saa’, a portion equivalent to four Madd. A quantity that scoops up hands are joined together is called a Madd. So, the minimum amount payable for Fitrana this year must be equal to the weight of the current price of staple food, which is approximately £5 per person.
By giving Fitrana through Saba Relief, you are ensuring the needy and vulnerable families and children get a chance to share the blessings of Eid. Let the joys and warmness of Eid bring hope to their lives through your generosity.