The purpose and aim of Zakat-ul-Fitr is to enable those less fortunate than ourselves to celebrate the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and mark the breaking of the fast.
Zakat forms an obligatory act for all Muslims. Those who are unable to fast are required to pay in the form of fidyah or kaffarah. This also signifies a token of appreciation to Allah SWT for being granted the privilege of being able to observe this auspicious and beneficial month.
However, the amount of Zakat-ul-Fitr is universal amongst Muslims, regardless of individual income. It is based on the consumption particulars* of members of the household, to which there is a cash equivalent. This money is then given to those in need (the poor and needy, captives, debtors, travelers and so on) before commencing Eid-ul-Fitr Salaah (Eid-ul-Fitr prayer).
There are many terms for Zakat Ul Fitr, such as Fitrana and Sadaqatul Fitr; which are all the same form of Zakat.
How much is Fitrana this year?
The Fitrana rate for 2016 is £5 per person. Click here to pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr online.
*For further detailed information, please consult your local Mosque.