Zakat al-Fitr is an important part of Ramadan and a key charity given for the love of Allah (SWT). It must be given before Eid prayer in the form of what is considered as staple food in the community.
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
“The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul Fitr to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as zakah for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]
The quantity is described the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together. If we translate this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as flour or rice, it is approximately R40 (Shafi Muthab in the Western Cape). Therefore the amount due for each person is R40.
As Islamic Relief acts a charitable agent, we can be given the money to pay for the food beforehand which we will then spend where needed at the correct time to buy the food stuffs. This will be distributed among those people around the world that are in need. All for the love of Allah (SWT).
Give your Zakat al-Fitr for the love of Allah (SWT).