The Prophet – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him-recommended various different items to give in Sadaqat-ul-Fitr, also known as Zakat-ul-Fitr. The value of these items vary. One of the potential wisdoms in this is that it gives people the flexibility to give something suitable to their situation. Below are approximate values of the some of the items mentioned by him:
Wheat 1.75kg: £3.50Barley 3.5kg: £6 Raisins 3.5kg: £18 Dates 3.5kg: £34.99
Zakat-ul-Fitr must be paid by a wealthy person on behalf of themselves and all their dependants, young and old. Technically a person can give the smaller amount of £3.50 if that’s all they can comfortably afford, but we recommend people give according to their financial situation and give from a higher band if they can afford to do so. For example, it would be befitting of an affluent person to give Zakat-ul-Fitr at £34.99+ per person in their household, although it would technically be sufficient even if they gave £3.50 per person.
The £6 recommendation printed on our calendar is based on the historical norms in our community and an estimation of the average member of our community. It loosely fits the second category from the hadith mentioned above.
Please pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr as early as possible so that your donation reaches the needy in time for Eid.