Sadqa-e-Fitr, at minimum, fixed at Rs320 per head
Renowned religious scholar and former Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman on Sunday announced that the minimum amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr is calculated as Rs320 per head in accordance with the market price of 2.25 kilogrammes of flour.
The faithful who want to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, and dates should pay a minimum of Rs480 and Rs2,800 per head respectively.
Likewise, the faithful wanted to pay Fitrana at the rate of raisins should pay Rs 6,400 per head for first-class dates and Rs 4,800 per person for second-class raisins.
Sadqa-e-Fitr is an obligatory charitable donation that Muslims are required to pay during the holy month of Ramadan.
The rate of Fitrana is based on the prices of staple food such as flour, dates, raisins, cheese or barley, as per the Islamic Shariah.
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 is due to also pay Sadqa-e-Fitr for his dependents, such as his wife, children, dependent relatives or servants.
Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman also advised the people to pay the amount to the poor before Eid-ul-Fitr so that they could also celebrate the festival.
He 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, he added.
If a person had been unable to keep fast for the whole month of Ramadan, he or she should pay the whole month Friday as compensation worth Rs 9,600 in proportionate to flour price, Rs14,400 for barley, Rs84,000 for dates, Rs192,000 for raisin first class and Rs144,000 for second-class raisin.
While, Kufara (compensation) for leaving 30 fasts in wheat this year 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.