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Fitra and Fidya Rates 1440AH

What is Zakat al-Fitra?
‘Zakat al-Fitra’ is a religious tax paid on the day when Muslims break the fasting period at the end of the month of Ramadan.

As Muslims across the world spend the last days of Ramadan in prayer, performing good deeds and taking care of their religious accountabilities, paying Zakat al-Fitra is among those dues that are foremost in our minds.

When does Zakatul Fitra become obligatory?
According to the Shariah, Zakatul Fitra becomes incumbent when the new moon of Shawwal is sighted. This is known as Zakat of Fitra, which is Wajib on every Baligh person.

Who is to give Zakatul Fitra?
As per law 2003 of Ayatullah Seestani’s ‘Islamic laws’: At the time of sunset on eve of Eid ul Fitr, whoever is adult and sane and is not unconscious, poor, or a slave, must give, on his behalf and on behalf of those who are  dependent on him, one sa’a (about three kilos) per head of staple food in his home town such as wheat or barley or dates or raisins or rice or millet or something similar. It is also sufficient if he pays the price of one of these items instead.

The Council of European Jamaats will gladly collect Fitra and deposit the whole amount, without any deduction to The World Federation of KSMIC for Distribution.

WF-AID is facilitating Zakat al-Fitra payments in Africa and South Asia this Eid al-Fitr for those needing their payments to be delivered on their behalf.

The Zakatul Fitra 1440AH calculation is estimated at:

For UK may be For Europe it may be equivalent to For Scandinavia it may be equivalent to For Swiss it may be equivalent to
£5.00 Euros 6.00 SEK 62.00 CHF 6.50

What happens if we invite guests on eve of Eid ul Fitr?
The fiṭra of a guest who arrives at one’s house after sunset on the eve of Eīd al-Fiṭr is, based on precaution, obligatory on the host provided that the guest is considered to be the host’s dependent; otherwise, it is not. If a person is invited to break his fast (ifṭār) on the eve of Eīd al-Fiṭr, he is not considered to be the host’s dependent and the guest’s fiṭra is not the responsibility of the owner of the house.(Ruling 2008)

Disbursement of Zakatul Fitra:  As long as the Mustahiq of Fitra is available in your own country of residence, the Shariah enjoins upon you to spend it locally.

The recommended precaution is that a poor person should not be given fitra which is less than a sa’a (about 3 kilos). However, there is no harm if more than that is given to him (Islamic acts 2027).

Can I give Zakatul Fitra in advance?
Since Zakatul Fitra becomes Wajib when the new moon of Shawwal is sighted, Shariah does permit advance payment to the Mustahiqqeen. However if there is no problem if one gives the sum as a loan to a deserving person or family earlier and then you will make niyyat for the sum being Fitra, upon sighting of the new moon. (Ruling 2034)

For those Jamaats who collect Zakatul Fitra, The Council of European Jamaat has the following recommendation to make:

  1. If you come to know of a deserving person or family in your city or country of residence, you will please consider it as a priority case.
  2. According to Ayatullah Seestani, the Mustahiq must be a Shia Ithna Asheri.
  3. Fitra of a non-Seyyid cannot be given to a Seyyid; but a Seyyid may give his own Fitra to a Seyyid.
  4. For UK Jamaats: If Member of your Jamaat can be persuaded to make A Gift Aid Declaration, with your Jamaat (if it is a Registered Charity) the benefit of tax rebate can be used.


We also take this opportunity to remind the Momineen that the CoEJ is also collecting Fidya for those who are unable to fast due to illness or old age. The amount of Fidya is £1.50 for each fast.

For UK may be For Europe it may be equivalent to For Scandinavia it may be equivalent to For Swiss it may be equivalent to
£1.50 Euros 2.00 SEK 18.50 CHF 2.00

To pay your Zakatul Fitra please click here

To pay Fidya please click here

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact on 0208 696 5200 or secretariat@coej.org

The Council of European Jamaats

Ramadhan 1440 AH