Zakat ul Fitr
This is one of the 5 pillars of Islam in which 2.5% of the wealth of a well to do Muslim is given to the less privileged persons. The Home before Eid prayer after Ramadan every year distributes Zakat al-Fitr exclusively to orphans, widows, and less privileged so that they can be fed on Eid day and have something to keep beyond Eid. Zakat al-Fitr is obligatory upon every member of your household, including children and the elderly.
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].
Who can receive Zakat?
Zakat can only be paid to specific beneficiaries and projects. The Qur’an mentions eight groups of people on who Zakat should be spent:
(Surat At-Tawbah 9:60)
- The Fuqara’ (the poor) Al-Maskin (the needy)
- Aamileen (Zakat collector)
- Muallafatul Quloob (poor and needy who recently converted to Islam)
- Ar-Riqaab (slaves; Zakat can be used to purchase their freedom)
- Ibnus-Sabeel: A stranded traveller in need of financial assistance.
- Al Ghaarimeen: A debtor
Fi Sabeelillah: Those who are away from home in the path of Allah
$65 could feed a family for a month
$80 could provide clean water to 50 people in an IDP camp
$300 could help lift a family out of poverty
Note: Zakat is only payable by Muslim, if a Non-Muslim wishes to support our cause, you could sponsor any of our other programs.