Before the Eid al-Fitr prayer, every able Muslim must pay Zakat al-Fitr. This mandatory act of charity can be paid in 2 ways:
- In the form of supplying staple foods to the community
- In monetary terms in order to purchase the necessary staple foods
The charity giver pays for himself/herself and on behalf of all of his/her dependents.
The total amount of Zakat al-Fitr is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount of food that can fit in your hands when you cup them together to scoop food. This value is translated to a monetary value and is estimated at $12. *