Sadqa-e-Fitr must be paid be­fore Eid prayer: Ulema

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ISLAMABAD—Sadqa-e-Fitr (also known as Fi­trana) is an amount of char­ity - in the form of sta­ple food­stuffs - which all Mus­lims with the means are re­quired to pay at the end of holy month of Ra­mazan.

Sadqa-e-Fitr is an act of thank­ful­ness to­wards Al­lah Almighty for hav­ing en­abled us to ob­serve the fasts of Ra­mazan and also pu­ri­fies us from any short­com­ings dur­ing the month. In ad­di­tion, it is in­tended to share joy and hap­pi­ness amongst Mus­lims, es­pe­cially the poor and needy, by help­ing them to cel­e­brate Eidul-Fitr.

Ac­cord­ing to Mufti Taqi Us­mani, it is a Sun­nah that the Sadqa-e-Fitr is paid be­fore per­form­ing the Eid prayer.

It can also be paid be­fore the Eid day, but it is not ad­vis­able to pay af­ter Eid prayer.How­ever, if a per­son has failed to pay Fi­trana at proper time, then he/she should pay it as soon as pos­si­ble.

It is in­cum­bent on ev­ery Mus­lim who has enough ba­sic food­stuffs to feed him­self and his fam­ily for the du­ra­tion of one day and one night.

A Mus­lim must pay Sadqa-e-Fitr on be­half of him­self, his wife, chil­dren and any de­pen­dents. Sadqa-e-Fitr is an obli­ga­tion for ev­ery Mus­lim, male or fe­male, who owns 613.35 grams of sil­ver or equiv­a­lent, ei­ther in the form of money, or­na­ments, stock-in-trade,or in the form of some goods or com­modi­ties be­yond one’s nor­mal needs.

The pre­scribed amount of ‘Sadqa-eFitr’ is 1.75 kilo­grams of wheat or its value in money. This amount is pre­scribed for pay­ing Sadqa-e-Fitr for one per­son only.

If a per­son has some mi­nor chil­dren, the same amount has to be paid on be­half of each one of them sep­a­rately while adult male and fe­male fam­ily mem­bers are re­spon­si­ble to pay the Fi­trana them­selves. A fa­ther is not bound to pay ‘Sadqa-eFitr’ on be­half of his adult chil­dren or vicev­ersa.

How­ever, if the head of the fam­ily, by his own free will, wishes to pay ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’for each one of the mem­bers of his fam­ily, he should seek their au­tho­riza­tion for that pur­pose. In this case the ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’ paid by him will be valid on their be­half.—APP

A no­mad woman mak­ing toys in her hut to be sold on Eid day.

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