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Zakat-ul-fitra is an obligatory charity on every young and old; male and female; free and slave Muslim towards the end of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to Allah for having enabled him to observe fasts. According to Islamic tradition Zakat-Al-Fitra is compulsory and the head of household may pay the required amount for the other members. It provides the needs of the poor and the indigent and relieves them from having to ask others for charity on the day of `Eid. It is an addition to the annual Zakat also called as Sadaqa-Al-Fitra. Its importance is such that it is the hallmark of Eid and aptly named as Eid-ul-Fitr. It amounts to the value equivalent to feed a person for one day. Ibn Umar said: "The Prophet PBUH enjoined the payment of one Sa'a of dates or one Sa'a of barley as Zakat-Al-Fitra on every Muslim, young and old, male and female, free and slave." (Bukhari and Muslim).
The wisdom behind paying Zakat Al Fitra is two folds.
Fitra is a charitable donation of food that must be given before Eid prayer, before the end of the month of Ramadan, for the love of Allah (SWT). Fitra must also be given by every self-supporting adult Muslim who has food in excess of their needs, on behalf of themselves and their dependants.
Rahbar Foundation will distribute your Zakat-al-Fitra on your behalf to Orphans, widows and poor families in need to ensure that these destitute people are provided with food during Ramadan and the day of Eid. The amount has been set at $10 per person and adults will also have to pay the amount for their dependents. Please click on DONATE NOW to pay your Zakat-al-Fitra before Eid prayers.