Questions about zakat al-Fitrah

When is zakat al-Fitrah due?

What is the time for zakat al-fitrah?

When is the best time to pay zakat al-fitrah?

Is it permissible to delay Zakat al-Fitrah?

Is it possible to isolate zakat al-Fitrah and pay it at a later time?

When is zakat al-Fitrah not obligatory?

These questions and others answered by Sayed Muhammad al-Musawi from the Religious Affairs Department at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, according to the fatwa of His Eminence the Supreme Religious Authority, Sayed Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, through the program (A question every Day) that is broadcast daily on the al-Kafeel Global Network website and its social media platforms.

It is noteworthy that the monetary value of Zakat al-Fitr for this year of 1500 Iraqi dinars per person for the fast of the holy month of Ramadhan this year 1441 AH.

The Zakat Fitrah is about three kilos of wheat or barley or dates or raisins or rice or millet etc, which is the dominant food in the place where the person lives. It is also sufficient if the person pays the price of one of these items in cash. As per obligatory precaution, he should not give from that food which is not staple in his place, even if it be wheat, barley, dates or raisins. Therefore, the believer may take into account the monetary value of the kilo of these materials in his country before paying the sum of three kilos per person in cash.

It is called Zakat al-Fitrah because it is obligatory on Eid al-Fitr, it is also called the Zakat [charity] for the body, since it saves the body from calamities. It is distinguished from other Zakat as it is imposed on people rather than on money, meaning that is imposed to purify the souls of fasting believers not to cleanse money as for the other Zakat. The Zakat al-Fitrah should be given to the poor and needy.
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