Zakat Vs Zakat-Al-Fitr
The first difference lies with eligibility. Zakat-al-Fitr is compulsory on all Muslims regardless of age or financial standing. The only exemption is for those who do not have one as’ (approximately 2.6 – 3kg) of their staple food in excess of their needs.
Because of the wider range of people who have to pay Zakat-al-Fitr, it is the responsibility of the head of the household to pay for those under their care. Thus, for children, this task is undertaken by parents or guardians on their behalf. Zakat, on the other hand, is compulsory only for Muslims whose total annual wealth meets or exceeds the Nisab value.
Another major difference centers on the amount of money that must be given. Whilst Zakat always equates to 2.5% of an individual’s total savings, Zakat-al-Fitr donations tend to be significantly smaller at around PKR 120 or less.
One the final difference relates to when the two payments are due. Zakat is one of the least restrictive of the Five Pillars of Islam and can be paid at any time during the year, as long as the payments reflect a full Islamic (lunar) years’ worth of savings. On the other hand, Zakat-al-Fitr must be paid during the Holy the month of Ramadan and most notably, before the month finishes.
At the very latest, Zakat-al-Fitr must be paid before Eid prayers commence. It’s important to keep this deadline in mind as making your payment too late renders it invalid and as giving Zakat-al-Fitr is obligatory for all Muslims, this cannot be made up.
The Noor Project utilizes your Zakat-al-Fitr donations to help make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged people in the world.
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MCB Bank – Gulberg Premier Branch⠀
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Account No: 0625 3819 7100 8470. (Code. 1400)