Zakat al-Fitrah  should be set aside on the eve of Eid al-Fitr and paid on the day itself, which marks the end of the Month of Ramadhan and is the first day of the month of Shawwal.  

A sum must be paid on a person’s behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents. This would also include any guests who are staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr, under the care of the person.

For every individual, the minimum given must be enough to feed one miskeen (needy person), which is the equivalent of 6.6 pounds of a popular basic food commodity such as rice or wheat (flour), as opposed to a cooked full meal. For 2020, the estimate cost per person for Zakat-al-Fitr is $15.

On the day of Eid, the zakat will be distributed to the poor. 

Can we give Zakāt al-Fitrah in advance?, Yes you can give Zakāt al-Fitrah anytime during the month of Ramadan before the night of Eid but the it’s mustahab to first give it as a loan and then to change your intention from it being a "loan" to "Zakāt al-Fitrah" when the time for giving Zakat al-Fitrah has entered.

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Zakat-al-Fitr (Non-Sayyid)

by Shia Muslim Council of Southern California


Zakat al-Fitrah  should be set aside on the eve of Eid al-Fitr and paid on the day itself, which marks the end of the Month of Ramadhan and is the first day of the month of Shawwal.  

A sum must be paid on a person’s behalf as well as on behalf of all those who are his dependents. This would also include any guests who are staying overnight during the eve of Eid al-Fitr, under the care of the person.

For every individual, the minimum given must be enough to feed one miskeen (needy person), which is the equivalent of 6.6 pounds of a popular basic food commodity such as rice or wheat (flour), as opposed to a cooked full meal. For 2020, the estimate cost per person for Zakat-al-Fitr is $15.

On the day of Eid, the zakat will be distributed to the poor. 

Can we give Zakāt al-Fitrah in advance?, Yes you can give Zakāt al-Fitrah anytime during the month of Ramadan before the night of Eid but the it’s mustahab to first give it as a loan and then to change your intention from it being a "loan" to "Zakāt al-Fitrah" when the time for giving Zakat al-Fitrah has entered.