In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Zakat al-Fitrah ((زكاة الفطرة

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With the excitement of the joyous completion of the holy month of Ramadhan, it is easy to forget about the needs of those who are impoverished and our obligation to provide charity to them. Therefore, we should be reminded that such people in need require our help to make it through the year. Zakat-ul-Fitrah is a special form of obligatory Zakat given at the end of the month of Ramadhan, during the day of Eid.


Zakat is an obligatory tax prescribed by Allah the Almighty who likened it to prayer in many verses. He states in the Holy Qur’an:

“Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers and who shun vain conversation and who are payers of the poor due.” (23:1-4)

The Prophet (as) confirmed it in many traditions as a pillar of Islam.

Materials, Amount, and Guidelines

It is obligatory on the individual who is sane, an adult (physically mature), and financially capable (whose finances are secured through available assets or continuous income). The obligatory time to pay starts from the beginning of the night of Eid and ends at the time of Eid prayer. If the time frame was missed, then the Zakat must be paid with the intention of absolute servitude to Allah.

Zakat al-Fitrah is equivalent to 6.6 pounds of a popular food such as rice or wheat (per person). This is a US $10.00 equivalent per eligible person. For example, a family of 5 would pay US $50.
The Zakat may be paid directly to the poor, to your local mosque or center, or to the religious authority and their agents, who have knowledge and experience in the proper venues of appropriation.
If it is more convenient the funds can be sent to IMAM ahead of time, and in turn we will devote the money on your behalf on the night of Eid where it will be sent to the poor and needy.

How do I pay it?

  • You may send your Zakat as a check or money order directly to our mailing address below (made payable to IMAM):

                    IMAM Main Office, 22000 Garrison St. Dearborn, MI 48124.

  • Or you can just click on the following link to pay online: Zakat-ul-Fitrah
Please Note: If a center or person knows of someone needy in their city, it is not religiously allowed to send the Zakat-ul-Fitrah to feed the poor outside of that city. (Reference: Minhajul-Saliheen, Book 1, page 383. Year 2001. Mas’ala #1182)We thank you for your participation and sincere effort in helping us aid those in need. Ramadhan Mubarak, and may Allah (swt) accept your deeds.