Zakat al Fitr 2024

What is Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana)?

Zakat al-Fitr (also known as Fitrana) is a charitable donation of food that must be given before the Eid prayer on Eid al-Fitr. It can also be given before the end of the month of Ramadan. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin of the evening of Monday, 11th March 2024, and end of the evening of Tuesday, 9th April 2024.

Fitrana is obligatory for all Muslims (including babies and children) living in any household with more food than they need. However, the payment itself should be carried out by the head of the household, on behalf of themselves and their dependents.

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported,

“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) ordained Zakat al Fitr [Fitrana] to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat 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
Children receiving Zakat al Fitr  food packs for Eid al Fitr 2023
As Islamic Relief acts as a charitable agent, we can therefore be given the money to pay for the food beforehand, which we will then spend where needed to buy the food at the correct time. As a result, this will be distributed among those in need around the world.

How much is Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana) per person?

At the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) the quantity of food needed to be given as Fitrana would be one saa’. This is equal to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

How much is Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana) in 2024?

If we translate the amount needed for Fitrana into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food, such as flour or rice, it is approximately $18. Therefore, the amount due for each person is $18. This is the amount set by ANIC for 2024.

Who is eligible to pay Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana)?

Any Muslim who has food in excess of their needs must pay Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana). Unlike Zakat, it is a duty on everyone in your household, including very young children and infants. Therefore, the head of the household, or parents and guardians, can pay for other members of the family who are unable to pay.

What is Eid Fitrana and Sadaqatul Fitr?

Zakat al-Fitr (or Fitrana) is sometimes referred to as Eid Fitrana or Sadaqatul Fitr. In all cases, these terms refer to the charitable donation that must be given before the Eid al-Fitr prayer. Therefore, it must be given before the end of the month of Ramadan.

When is Eid al-Fitr 2024?

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan. Zakat al-Fitr must be paid before the Eid prayer on this day.

This year, Eid al-Fitr is expected to be celebrated on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. However, the exact date depends on the sighting of the moon for Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic Calendar.

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