What is Zakat Fitr and what is its significance?
This is one of the most common questions that often pop up, especially around Ramadan, on an annual basis. Indeed, some Muslim organizations have gone so far as to call it Sadaqat-ul-Fitr. In different geographical locations, it may also be known by the terms Fitrah, and Fitrana. This is done to differentiate it from the third pillar of Islam, the obligation of paying Zakat. However, as we will see in the course of the article, the two are entirely different things. They are independent of each other and have their own set of rulings and requirements. The obligation of paying Zakat-ul-Fitr can be verified with an authentic Hadith from Sahih Bukhari. In it, Ibn ‘Umar narrates that the Prophet (PBUH) instructed people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going for the Eid prayer on the morning of Eid.