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Zakat Foundation of America Explains How Zakat al-Fitr is Used

Zakat Foundation of America Explains How Zakat al-Fitr is Used

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Article Reference: Zakat Foundation of America 

Muslims, as part of the Islamic community, are deeply committed to giving charity, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Zakat Foundation of America guides us through Zakat al-fitr, a special form of charity, which is a crucial alms paid by all Muslims at the end of each Ramadan. Unlike zakat al-mal, which is only obligatory for sane adults with a certain wealth threshold, zakat al-fitr is not limited by age or wealth level but is restricted by time.

During Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to give their zakat al-mal during the month if possible. Zakat al-fitr is distributed to the poor on the morning of Eid al-Adha, allowing them to participate in the Muslim community’s celebration after fasting. This charity helps Muslims “seal” their Ramadan deeds with charity, cleanse impurities, and keep the poor at the forefront of their consciousness.

Zakat al-fitr is a beautiful way for Muslims of all socioeconomic backgrounds to connect and celebrate Eid together, providing support for the downtrodden for years to come.

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