Sadaqat-ul-Fitr / Zakat-ul-Fitr (Fitra | Fitrana) for Eid-ul-Fitr
Sadaqat-ul-Fitr (also called Zakat-ul-Fitr) is an obligatory charity for every Muslim who possess the Nisab (a minimum amount of wealth); it must be paid before Eid-ul-Fitr (i.e. before the end of Ramadan).
The wisdom behind this act is two-fold:
- to purify the month long fasting of the Muslims
- to enable the poor and less fortunate to also enjoy the celebration of Eid
Hidaya Foundation uses the Sadaqat-ul-Fitr donations to provide food in the form of wheat, barley, rice, etc. for the less fortunate.
Currently, Hidaya’s suggested cost for Sadaqat-ul-Fitr is approximately $8.00 (per person in household) based on the price of 1 Saa (approx. 3kg) of rice or wheat at local costs in U.S.A. However donors can pay whatever amount they deem correct based on their locality and commodities of choice (such as wheat, barley, rice, raisins, dates, etc.) – just as the Sadaqat-ul-Fitr was paid using different commodities which had varying costs/values for each type in the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Hidaya distributes several thousand dry ration packages to poor families on behalf of our donors under the Sadaqat-ul-Fitr project each year.