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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.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 16, 2009
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