Pinoy Muslims in Abu Dhabi send Zakat al-Fitr to aid poor in PHL
Filipino Muslims based in Abu Dhabi continued their yearly tradition of sending Zakat al-Fitr back to the Philippines before the end of the Eid al-Fitr, an Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
New Muslim Center administrator Dr. Nasser Raciles told United Arab Emirates-based news site, The National, on Friday that the Zakat al-Fitr provide the poor "with the means to celebrate Eid with other Muslims."
“Thousands of underprivileged Muslims back home have benefited from our Eid Zakat donations for more than a decade," Raciles said.
Zakat al-Fitr from the Filipino community are sent to imams of poor villages around the Philippines.
Islamic Relief defines Zakat al-Fitr or Fitrana as an obligation of adult men and women "in complete ownership and control of their wealth" who can provide the essential needs of themselves and their dependents.