The minimum amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr — which is an obligatory charitable donation that Muslims are required to pay during the holy month of Ramadan — has been fixed at “Fitrana“ Rs320 for the current year, announced eminent religious scholar and former Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman
The rate is based on the prices of staple food such as flour, dates, raisins, cheese or barley, as per the Islamic Shariah.
The importance of Sadqa-e-Fitr lies in helping the poor and needy people in society, especially during the festive occasion of Eidul Fitr. This act helps the poor and needy during the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr and is a way for Muslims to give back to their community and earn blessings from Allah Almighty.
According to Mufti Muneeb, the market price of 2.25 kilogrammes of flour, the amount for Fitrana is calculated as Rs320 per head. The faithful who wants to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, and dates should pay minimum Rs480 and Rs2,800 per head respectively.
Similarly, a faithful who wants to pay Fitrana at the rate of raisin should pay Rs6,400 per head for first-class dates and Rs4,800 per person for second-class raisin.
A Muslim, who possesses food in excess of his needs, must pay Sadqa-e-Fitr before the Eid prayers.
If the person is a breadwinner, he should also pay Sadqa-e-Fitr for his dependents, such as wife, children, dependent relatives or servants.
Mufti Muneeb also advised the people to pay the amount to the poor before EidulFitr so that they could also celebrate the festival. The most deserving people for Sadqa-e-Fitr are close relatives followed by neighbours and the poor.
Mufti Munibur Rehman said the real spirit of Fitr and Fidya is a two-time meal of a destitute person, so it is better to pay the meal cost of a hotel.
However, those who are wealthier should try to pay more to extend assistance to the poor in this time of skyrocketing inflation.
If anyone had been unable to keep fast for the whole month of Ramadan, he or she should pay the whole month Friday as compensation worth Rs9,600 in proportionate to flour price, Rs14,400 for barley, Rs 84,000 for dates, Rs192,000 for raisin first class and Rs144,000 for second-class raisin.
Similarly, Kufara (compensation) for leaving 30 fasts in wheat would be Rs19,200, for wheat Rs28,800, for barley, Rs168,000 dates, Rs384,000 raisin first class and Rs2,88,000 for second class raisin.
Kufara in wheat would be Rs3,200, barley Rs4,800, dates Rs28,000, raisin Rs64,000 first class and Rs48,000 for second class raisin.