The Obligations of Fitrana

Zakat al-Fitr, commonly known as ‘Fitrana’, is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim - adult and child - before the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks and enable poorer people to join in the Eid celebrations. Fitrana is mandatory for every Muslim, regardless of whether or not they were able to fast during the blessed month. This year Fitrana with IKCA is £5 for each member of your family.

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How much to Pay

The Obligations of Fitrana - Imran Khan Cancer Appeal

The cost or rate of Fitrana may change from year to year depending on the rise in food prices. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) described the required quantity of Fitrana as one saa. The monetary equivalent of saa today (Ramadan 2022) is about £5 of staple food.

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However, remember the Bukhari narrated Hadith:

'None of you will believe until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.'

Therefore, when paying Fitrana, we should ask ourselves:

Is the amount we pay equivalent to the cost of a normal meal that would satisfy our own hunger?

Is the amount we pay in line with our own financial situation?

The recommended rate of £5, therefore, is not a fixed price. £5 reflects the bare minimum that we should be paying for Fitrana and the more you give, in line with your own standards, the better. Remember, it all counts as charity from you.

When to Pay

The end of Ramadan is when many people pay Fitrana. However, Fitrana is time-sensitive. It is important that it reaches the poor in time for Eid so they can celebrate the festival with enough to eat. Please pay your Fitrana early rather than waiting until the last few days of Ramadan. This helps us to plan ahead and coordinate the food for our patients.

Who Pays

The head of a household can pay Fitrana on behalf of dependants such as their spouses, children, servants or other relatives. However, according to the scholarly consensus, if anyone has personal wealth, they should pay Fitrana from that wealth.

How we use your Fitrana

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) accepts Fitrana payments. We use your Fitrana to feed poor cancer patients receiving treatment at Shaukat Khanum Hospital. For these patients, a good meal isn’t easy to come by. And yet, their recovery depends on a nutritious diet to help build their strength to fight back. So the Fitrana you pay through IKCA doesn't just feed the needy, it helps pave the way for their recovery, one meal at a time.

When paying your Fitrana through IKCA, please remember that Fitrana payments are time-sensitive and can only be used towards feeding people. Help us get your Fitrana to the people who deserve it by paying early and ensuring you select ‘Fitrana’ from the drop-down menu when you pay.

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