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- Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - From Print Edition




The minimum amount of ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’ or ‘fitrana’ has been fixed at Rs80 per head this year, which is paid to the poor and needy before Eidul Fitr, said Moulana Shoaib, a religious scholar.


Talking to this agency, Moulana Shoaib said according to the market price of 2.25 kilograms flour, the amount for ‘fitrana’ has been calculated at Rs80. The faithful who wants to pay ‘fitrana’ equal to the price of barley, ‘khajoor’ (dates) and ‘kishmish’ should pay Rs220, Rs1,120 and Rs1,600 per head respectively.


Before the Eid prayer after the fast of Ramadan, every adult Muslim who possesses food in excess of his needs and those of his family must pay Zakat al Fitr. If the person is a breadwinner, he should also pay Zakat al Fitr for his dependants such as his wife, children, dependent relatives or servants. Zakat al Fitr can be paid a few days before the end of Ramazan. It is preferable to pay it just before Eid prayer (first thing in the morning) so that the poor can enjoy the Eid. The most deserving people for Sadqa-e-Fitr are close relatives followed by neighbours, seminary students and the poor, he said.


If any one had been unable to keep fast for the whole month of Ramazan, he or she should pay ‘fidya’ as compensation worth Rs2,400 in proportionate to flour price, Rs6,600 for barley, Rs33,600 for date and Rs48,000 for raisin, he said.


Likewise, the benchmark for penance for false swearing has been set at Rs800, Rs2,200, Rs11,200 and Rs16,000 respectively. The real spirit of ‘fitr’ and ‘fidya’ is two-time meal of a destitute person that costs from Rs100 to Rs300 a day at hotel, so it is better these are paid at Rs100 plus for a day. However, those who are wealthier, they should try to pay more to extend assistance to the poor in this time of skyrocketing inflation.