The Office of the Supreme Religious Authority Sayed Ali al-Sistani determines the amount of Zakat al-Fitr for this year of 1500 five hundred Iraqi dinars per person instead of flour for this year 1438 AH.
The Zakat Fitra is about three kilos of wheat or barley or dates or raisins or rice or millet etc. 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.
It is called Zakat al-Fitra 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-Fitra should be given to the poor and needy.