by Karimah bint Dawoud, muslim chaplian and well being writer.


somali food distribution

I was nudged again by the Somali famine pictures to work out how much zakat I need to pay, not just zakat ul fitr, but my actual annual zakat that I pay during ramadhan, becasue you get better rewards giving charity during Ramadhan and Ramdhan is the annual reminder to pay my annual zakat.

I found the following  article from a national charity that speaks about zakat al fitr.

As a person who is interested in food and well being and Islamic medicine, I thought “Hold on a minute, let me work this out!”. alhamdulilahi I have no problem , praise The Creator, to pay £3.50 but I do have a problem in how they have come to this calculation and usually the inferior quality of the food that is distributed to the poor and needy

The the advert says “Before the end of the month of Ramadan, every adult self-supporting Muslim who has food in excess of his needs must pay what is known as Zakat-ul-Fitr. He must pay for himself and can pay on behalf of his dependants (he must do this if they are unable to pay).

Zakat-ul-Fitr must be paid before the Eid prayer. It is to be paid in the form of what is considered as staple foods of the community.

The quantity the Prophet (SAWS) described 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 £3.50.

Therefore the amount due for each person is £3.50.”

1 madd equals 2 cups =470grammes lets say 1/2 kilo x 4(to get saa) = 2 kilos

2 kilos of  white basamti rice(white has no nutritional value except starch) cost £2.94 retail

2 kilos of brown rice ( more Islamic, more sunnah, complete how Allah made it with bran, vitamin,minerals ans starch) cost £2.50 retail

These are the retail prices, not the whole sale, the transportation cost of this food also needs to be considered. However I wish somewhere along the line some intelligent, islamic person would consider to give the poor and the needy that which is of a quality that is beneficial to them, which is brown rice or brown flour, which is also more Islamic.

 The Prophet  Muhammed, salah la laihi  wa salem, never ate white flour, never.

To promote the Sunnah of eating unrefined bread which is Islamic and a healthy alternative to refined white flour

Narrated Abu Hazim: I asked Sahl bin Sad, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat white flour?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour since Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” I asked, “Did the people have (use) sieves during the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle?” Sahl said, “Allah’s Apostle never saw (used) a sieve since Allah sent him as an Apostle until He took him unto Him,” I said, “How could you eat barley unsifted?” he said, “We used to grind it and then blow off its husk, and after the husk flew away, we used to prepare the dough (bake) and eat it.”  Sahih Bukhari and Tirmidhi 

“Whoever revives an aspect of my Sunnah that is forgotten after my death, he will have a reward equivalent to that of the people who follow him, without it detracting in the least from their reward.” [Reported by al-Tirmidhi]

Please, for the sake of Allah, can we give these people, our starving brothers and sisters something that will benefit them nutritionally .


One Comment Add yours

  1. abditeyib says:

    mashaallah I like that.

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