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Fitra / Fidya / Kaffara - 2019


"The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) would not go out on the Day of Fitr until he had given his Companions some of the charity of Fitr to eat." (Sunan Ibn Majah)

What is Zakat-al-Fitr?

An important principle of Islam is that everything belongs to God, and wealth is held by human beings in trust. Zakat is an obligatory form of charity and one of the five pillars of Islam. Literally translated as "purification", Zakat is a means to purify both the believer’s wealth and soul from greed and selfishness by setting aside a proportion for those in need. It is also a means of encouraging community and understanding.

Besides the obligatory Zakat, an individual may also give as much as he or she pleases as voluntary charity, and does so preferably in secret, for the man who gives in charity secretly will be shaded on the Day of Judgement!

Zakat al-Fitr, specifically, is one of the two types of obligatory Zakat, and is to be paid during the month of Ramadan before Eid prayers at the latest. It is an obligation on any Muslim who has enough food for himself for one whole day, and is paid by the head of the household on behalf of all family members. It generally equals to the price of one meal. Specifically, it is equal to 2 kg of wheat, barley, rice or flour, around $10.

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Facts & Figures

By the mercy of Allah, and thanks to your generations donations, in 2018 ICNA Relief Canada was able to disburse $213,475 of Zakat al-Fitr in Bangladesh, Burma, Canada, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Syria. This is almost double the $144,000 we raised in 2017!

Who is eligible to receive Zakat-al-fitr

According to the Qur’an (9:60), there are 8 categories of people eligible to receive Zakat: the poor, the needy, those employed to collect and distribute Zakat, those whose hearts must be reconciled, slaves and those held in captivity, those in debt, those for the cause of Allah, and travelers.

How do I know if I must give Zakat-al-fitr?

According to the Qur’an (9:60), there are 8 categories of people eligible to receive Zakat: the poor, the needy, those employed to collect and distribute Zakat, those whose hearts must be reconciled, slaves and those held in captivity, those in debt, those for the cause of Allah, and travelers.

How can I submit a request for Zakat-al-fitr?

You may find our contact information here. Please note that each request that we receive for Zakat assistance is treated professionally and with full confidentiality. For more details, please view our privacy policy.

What is the difference between fidya and kaffara?

In some circumstances, an individual is unable to fulfill his or religious obligations.

Fidya is a type of tax/alms prescribed upon those who cannot fulfill the obligation of fasting due to illness or old age.

Kaffara is an obligatory form of tax/alms prescribed upon those who deliberately miss or break a day of fasting without a valid reason. According to Islamic texts, any Muslim who does so must fast for sixty consecutive days or feed sixty needy people per day


The rate this year is just $10 per person!


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