RNA – The amount of zakat al-fitrah has been announced based on the fatwa of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Khamenei, and considering bread as the main source of nutrition for each person, 100,000 rials ($0.56 US at time of publication) for those in Iran.
Zakat al-fitrah is an obligatory act in jurisprudence which means to give charity to the needy, by certain amount and method of calculation, on the day of Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the holy month of Ramadhan. The obligatory amount of zakat al-fitrah upon each person – based on the usual main food – is one sa’a (around three kilograms) of either of wheat, barley, dates or raisins or its equal in cash.
Giving zakat al-fitrah is obligatory upon the head of households who are not poor themselves. The time for it, is before the Eid prayer or dhuhr (noon) prayer in Eid al-Fitr. The distribution categories of zakat al-fitrah are the same as those of zakat.
According to the narrations, paying zakat al-fitrah completes fasting, secures its acceptance, saves the person from death in the following year and is the complement to zakat.
The following is His Eminence’s ruling on the data-x-items payable as zakat al-fiṭrah and the mandatory quantity:
QUESTION: What is the amount per person that we are obligated to pay as our zakat al-fiṭrah, and what are the data-x-items that we can pay for this purpose?
ANSWER: Every religiously accountable (mukallaf) person is obligated to pay three kilograms of wheat, barley, dates, raisins, rice, corn and the like for himself and for every individual under his care to a needy individual.
(For instance, the father of a family of five – assuming that the father is the breadwinner – must pay fifteen kilos of wheat, barley, etc.) Paying the monetary equivalent of these goods is also permissible.
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