Sadqa-e-Fitrana calculated as Rs. 60.
PESHAWAR, September 16, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Sadqa-e-Fitrana,
a compulsory charity on every Sahib-e-Isthithaat Muslim for making the
Eid of poor faithfuls joyful, has been calculated as Rs. 60 per person
in Peshawar district. According to the set principles of evaluating
Sadqa-e-Fitr, equivalent to the weight of 2.25 kg of wheat, the amount
has been calculated as Rs .57, informed Professor Dr. Abdul Ghafoor, a
religious scholar and former Director of Sheikh Zaid Islamic Centre
Peshawar. Prof Ghafoor said that contrary to the fixed amount of Rs. 57,
the religious scholars have announced the amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr as Rs.
60 for avoiding any mistake in calculation. He said Sadqa-e-Fitr is a
compulsory religious obligation on every Muslim who posses 52.5 tolas of
Silver whose amount is calculated according to the prevailing market
value as Rs. 20,889. The amount calculated is paid before Eid or on day
of Eid-ul-Fitr soon after offering prayers. The objective behind this
compulsory charity is to seek pardon for the misgivings done during the
sacred month of Ramzan. Another purpose behind this financial assistance
by well off people to poor is to make the Eid of later joyful. By
getting this financial assistance, the down trodden people can make
shopping for celebrating their eid in befitting manner, he added.
Professor Dr. Ghafoor also informed that the calculation of Rs. 60 for
Sadqa-e-Fitr has been set for common people. Those who deserves can make
payment of this charity by calculating its value with other food items
including dates, cheese, raisins. About the rate of Sadqa-e-Fitr
calculated in accordance with weight of dates, Professor Ghafoor said it
is Rs. 350 and Rs. 1100 in accordance with rates of cheese. He said it
is compulsory donation for every deserving Muslim and non payment of
which is tantamount to committing serious sin. Dr. Ghafoor said those
persons who posses the said amount on which Sadqa-e-Fitr is compulsory,
would also make payment for their dependents even the minor children.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)