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Generosity is a value that can never be over emphasised more so in the society we live in today. Islam is very popular for teaching how to care for the less fortunate and the art of kindness. Zakat Al Fitr revolves around giving and taking care of the needy in the society after a period of fasting.

The History

Mohammad instructed all who profess to Islam to be kind and to give unconditionally. Two days before the end of Ramadan, just before the Eid Al Fitr prayers to break the fast, it is compulsory for all Islams to give to the needy.

Without bias to socio-economic status or age, it is compulsory for every single Muslim to donate to the poor before breaking the fast. The beauty of it is that every household gives equal quantities of what they have. From the very beginning, the culture of Zakat Al Fitr demanded that everyone should give four double handfuls of grain or food for this purpose. This quantity is given to each member of the household. It is the responsibility of the head of the household to ensure that the dues for each family member are catered for.

Specific persons are allowed by Islamic law to be beneficiaries of Zakat Al Fitr. These are the poor and the needy who cannot afford to feed themselves in the 24 hours after the fast, the travelers, debtors and the collectors of Zakat.

Current Trends

In the modern society, it is way easier to make monetary contributions as opposed to giving grain. For this reason, it is estimated that a contribution of about $ 7 per head in each household is sufficient. There is a number of Islamic organizations that take care of refugees and do so many social ventures for the good of the needy in the society Zakat Al Fitr {Fitrana} contributions can be made as donations towards the course of such organizations.

On the other hand, there are families that do things the traditional way, in that just before Eid Al Fitr, they fulfill their Zakat Al Fitr obligations by going out and sharing food with those who are in need. The essence of this practice is to affirm the purity of the fasting body.

Zakat Al Fitr is a practice that brings cohesion and bonding among people in society. It is a great practice that can bring a lot of cohesiveness among people in one society. The spirit of togetherness, kindness and appreciating everyone in society is the founding principle of Zakat Al Fitr. Needless to say, by caring this culture from one generation to the other, it obvious that love and unity will prevail in among the Islam community and in the world at large.

Zakat Al Fitr is a social venture that encourages charity and giving. One would assume the recipients of kindness are the biggest beneficiaries but in a real sense, those giving find peace within themselves. Peace is the greatest reward for a purified soul. What better way to bring the fasting period to a close than to give to the less fortunate in society. See more information about Qurban.