At Aryana Aid as we prepare to welcome Ramadan 2020, we pray for Muslims around the world . May Allah (SWT) accept your fasts throughout this blessed month and enable you to attain the blessings of Lailat-ulQadr (Night of Power).
In these special circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic, we pray for the safety of everyone and remind you that your help is more essential than ever.
When a person is unable to fast due to their ill health, payment has to be given to feed a poor person two meals. Fidya is £5 per day for each individual. So, the total amount for the entire month of Ramadan would be £5 x 30 (days of fasting) = £150
If a fasting person deliberately breaks their fast, they are then required to make a payment for the broken fast. If they are unable to do so, they should feed 60 poor people for every missed fast, at a rate of £5 per person.
This Ramadan, £70 can provide a family with a Ramadan food pack containing a whole month's supply of essentials. By giving a food pack, you can ensure that some of the world's poorest people receive a nourishing iftaar and suhoor meal for each day of Ramadan InshAllah.
ZAKAT AL-FITR (£5 PER PERSON)
Zakat Al-Fitr (also known as Eid-Al-Fitr or Fitrana) is a small amount of food to be given in charity at the end of Ramadan, before the Eid Salah. This amount is separate from the annual payment of Zakat, which is one of the pillars of Islam. Unlike Zakat, which is calculated annually as a percentage of extra wealth, the Zakat Al-Fitr is to be paid equally by every Muslim man, woman and child (sick or healthy, old or young) at the end of Ramadan.
Amount of Zakat Al-Fitr
According to the Prophet Muhammad, each person should give away in charity an amount equivalent to one sa'a (an ancient measure of volume) of grain. One sa'a is equivalent to 2.5kg (5lbs) of wheat. The senior member of the household is responsible for paying the amount on behalf of the family. Zakat Al-Fitr should be given as an amount of non-perishable staple food, not cash.
The purpose of this charitable donation is to ensure all members of the community have food during the Eid holiday. The recommended foods may vary according to the local diet, but traditional include: flour/wheat, rice, barley, corn, dates and raisins.
When to Pay Zakat Al-Fitr? Donations must be made in the days or hours prior to the Eid Al-Fitr holiday prayer. This prayer occurs early on the first morning of Shawwal, the month following Ramadan.
Who Benefits From Zakat Al-Fitr?
Zakat Al-Fitr is intended for members of the Muslim community who do not have enough to feed themselves and their family members. It is traditionally given directly to individuals in need. In some places, one may take the donation directly to a needy family.
In other places, the local mosque may collect the food donations for distribution to community members. It is recommended that the food be donated within one's local community. However, at Aryana Aid, we accept cash donations, which are used to purchase food for distribution in regions affected by famine and disaster.
SADAQAH: Muslims give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) to help those in need. In addition to the required alms, Muslims are encouraged to give to charity at all times, according to their means. 'Sadaqah" comes from Arabic and means 'truth' or 'honesty'. This type of charity may be given at any time and in any amount.
ZAKAT: Muslims who have wealth remaining over the year must pay a certain percentage to aid those in need. While it can be paid anytime during the year, many people prefer to pay it during Ramadan. Zakat is obligatory and the threshold of wealth one needs to reach is called Nisab.
The Arabic word 'Zakat' means both 'to purify' and 'to grow'. Muslims believe that giving to others purifies their own wealth, increases its value, and causes one to recognize everything we have is what God entrusted in us. Paying Zakat is required of every adult Muslim, man or woman.
How Much to Pay in Zakat
The amount of money paid in Zakat depends on the amount and type of wealth one possesses, but is usually considered to be a minimum of 2.5% of a person's 'extra' wealth. The specific calculations of Zakat are dependent on individual circumstances, so we have put together a Zakat calculator to make it easier for you.
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