Zakat Foundation of America

2015 Ramadan

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:

The best charity is that given in Ramadan. - Al-Tirmidhi

Ramadan Mubarak!

During the blessed month of Ramadan, the entire Muslim Ummah turns its hearts toward Allah (swt) and its hands toward acts of charity and kindness. Our hands can comfort, feed, be raised in prayer, and serve our brothers and sisters in need.

Zakat is viewed as “compulsory charity.” It is an obligation for those financially capable of responding to those in need. Islam encourages the sharing of wealth with others and helping people to stand on their own and become more productive members of the society. To calculate your Zakat Dues, please click here.

Reaching Out to Those in Need

Millions of people around the world don’t have access to adequate nutrition because they are too poor to afford to buy sufficient food. This Ramadan, ZF is providing food packages to sustain more than 100,000 people around the globe for a month as well as Eid gifts to orphaned children in ten countries. The comfort of a food package and the joy of a child receiving a Eid gift are all possible thanks to your generosity. Please donate here.

  • A food package for a family - $60
  • Eid gifts for an orphan - $50

This Ramadan, Give the Gift of a Brighter Future

When you give generously, you can impact an entire family’s future.

Many years ago, the gift of a goat to the parents of ZF Executive Director, Khalil Demir, made it possible for him and his siblings to go to school even though his family was very poor. By the grace of Allah (swt), they all grew up to become professionals actively serving their communities, and all thanks to that generous donation in the form of a goat.  Donate goats or sheep here.

This Ramadan, through the Livestock Gift program, you can donate so a family can receive:

  • A mating pair of goats or sheep - $300
  • A milking goat or sheep - $200


Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is an obligation for those who are able to fast. Fidyah is paid by individuals who cannot fulfill the obligation of fasting due to illness or old age. Fidyah payments are equivalent to the price of  two meals for one person. The estimated cost is $10 for each day missed or $300 for all of Ramadan. Pay Fidyah here.

  • Fidyah  - $10 per day or $300 for the whole month of Ramadan


Kaffara is when a fasting person deliberately breaks the fast during the month of Ramadan, without a valid reason. In this case, he or she should either fast for 60 consecutive days or feed 60 needy for a day. The estimated cost is $10 per person for 60 people, which equals $600 a day for each missed or broken-fast day. Pay Kaffarah here.

  • Kaffarah - $600 per day

Zakat ul-Fitr

Zakat ul-Fitr, Sadaqat ul-Fitr or Fitrah is a charity distributed at the end of of Ramadan. The main purpose of Zakat ul-Fitr is to provide those who fasted with a way to make up for any mistakes during the month of fasting. Zakat ul-Fitr also provides the poor with a means with which they can celebrate the festival of breaking the fast (Eid ul-Fitr) along with the rest of the Muslim Ummah. Pay your family’s zakat ul-fitr here.

  • Zakat ul-Fitr - $10 per family member

As Allah (swt) promises, may the goodness you put forward for others this Ramadan be multiplied 70 times. And may this beautiful deed pave your path to Jannah. Ameen.

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