Charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan

Zakat ul Fitr – Fitrana

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul-Fitr to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.”[Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah].

Zakat ul-Fitr is charity given to the poor at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Helping Little Angels suggest that £5 is given for each member of the household – including children, adults, servants etc – must be paid before the Eid prayer.



Why pay your Zakat to Helping Little Angels?

The support of destitute orphans and widows is a cause for which Zakat is applicable and highly recommended. £360 of your Zakat will support an orphan child for an entire year. This will provide them with shelter, food, clothing, medical care and an education.

If you have any questions regarding Zakat or need any help in calculating how much you need to give, call our team on 07847 789 663 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Categories of Zakat

1. Al-Fuqarā’
The Poor & the Needy – These people may have some wealth, but not enough to make up the nisab.

2. Al-Masākīn
The Destitute – Such people have nothing other than the very basic necessities; they are worse off than the poor and destitute.

3. Al-Āmilīna ‘Alaihā
Those employed to collect the zakat – this refers to those that collect as well as distribute the zakat.

4. Al-Mu’allafatu Qulūbuhum
To reconcile hearts – traditionally, this category was for new Muslims who after having become Muslim, faced extreme poverty due to their decision.

5. Fir-Riqāb
To free slaves – this category doesn’t apply as readily as it once did.

6. Al-Ghārimīn
Those who are indebted, but unable to settle their debt

7. Fī Sabīlillāh
Those struggling in the path of Allah

8. Ibnus-Sabīl
Travellers who have run out of money and would therefore have no way of reaching their final destination without help.


Zakat ul-Fitr must not go towards the building a masjid, or a school or for other things. It must go to the above-mentioned categories. The Zakat ul-mal cannot be used for such things either.