It is recorded in Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah that `Abbas رضي الله عنه reported:
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ ordained Zakat ul Fitr to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as zakah for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.
Zakat al-Fitr is an important part of Ramadhaan and a key charity given for the love of Allah ﷻ. It must be given before Eid prayer in the form of what is considered as staple food in the community. It must be given by every self-supporting adult Muslim who has food in excess of their needs, on behalf of themselves and their dependants.
The quantity is described by the Prophet ﷺ as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together. If we translate this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as flour or rice, it is approximately £5. Therefore the amount due for each person is £5.
As UKeff acts as a charitable agent, we can be given the money to pay for the food beforehand which we will then spend where needed at the correct time to buy the food stuffs. This will be distributed among those people in our community that are in need.
All for the love of Allah ﷻ.