A Basic idea of Zakat-ul-fitr in Islam and amount of fitr in different countries for 2020

Do you know what is Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr)?

Sadaqat-ul-fitr is an obligation for every Muslim, male or female, who owns 613.35 grams of silver or its equivalent, either in any of the following shape:

  1. In the form of money.
  2. Ornaments.
  3. Stock-in-trade.
  4. In the form of some goods or commodities beyond one’s normal needs.

Every person who owns such an amount as mentioned above has to pay Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr), not only on behalf of himself but also on behalf of his minor children.

Do you know what is the amount of Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr)?

The prescribed amount of Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is 1.75 Kilograms of wheat or its value in money. This amount is prescribed for paying Sadaqat-ul-fitr for one person only.

If a person has some minor children, the same amount has to be paid on behalf of each one of them separately.

Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) is compulsory on each adult separately

Sadaqat-ul-fitr is obligated on each adult male or female separately, and the relevant adult person himself is responsible to pay it.

1). The husband and wife not required to pay Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) for each other

The husband is not required to pay Sadaqat-ul-fitr on behalf of his wife nor is the wife supposed to pay it on behalf of her husband.

2). A father and adult children not bound to pay Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) for each other

Similarly, a father is not bound to pay Sadaqat-ul-fitr on behalf of his adult children or vice-versa.

3). The head of family can pay Zakat-ul-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) on behalf of his children

If the head of the family, by his own free will, wishes to pay Sadaqat-ul-fitr for each one of the members of his family, he should seek their authorization for that purpose.

In this case the Sadaqat-ul-fitr paid by him will be valid on their behalf. If he did not pay the Sadaqat-ul-fitr on behalf of any of the members of his family, he will not be responsible for it.

Rather, it is the duty of every adult member of the family to discharge his own obligation or to request the head of the family to pay it on his or her behalf.

Remember, The Sadaqat-ul-fitr should be paid before Eid prayer

It is a Sunnah that the Zakat-al-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) is paid before performing the Eid prayer. It can also be paid before the Eid day, but it is not advisable to delay it up to the performance of Eid prayer.

However, if a person has failed to pay on its proper time, he should pay it as soon as possible, whereby the obligation will stand discharged.

No Sadaqat-ul-fitr for a child who was born in the Eid day

The Sadaqat-ul-fitr is not necessary on behalf of a child who was born after the break of dawn in the Eid day, nor is it necessary to pay Sadaqat-ul-fitr on behalf of a person who dies before the dawn of the Eid day.

Zakat-al-fitr (or Sadaqat-ul-Fitr) to be paid only who is entitled for Zakat

Sadaqat-ul-fitr should be paid only to a person who is entitled to receive Zakat.

Amount of Zakat-ul-Fitr in different counties for 2020

Country Minimum Amount Source
United States (USA) $10 per person website
United Kingdom (UK) £6 per person website
Canada $10 per person website
Bangladesh Tk 70 per person website
Saudi Arabia SR 10 per person website
Pakistan Rs 100 per person website

Source: Central Mosque by Mufti Taqi Usmani

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