Referred to simply as Fitrana is charity given to the poor towards the end of the month of Ramadan, serving two purposes:
- To complete and purify one’s fasts. The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “The fasting of the month of fasting will hanging between Earth and Heavens and it will not be raised up to the Divine Presence without paying the Zakat al-Fitr”.
- To spread joy of Eid ul Fitr by fulfilling the needs of the poor and needy.
Zakatul Fitr is a duty which is required on all Muslims young, old, male and female. It must be paid before Eid. The head of the a family may pay Zakatul Fitr on behalf of his/her family.
l due for an individual is calculated by taking 2.5% of his/her total wealth.