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THE IMPORTANCE OF SADAQATUL-FITR

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Sadaqatul Fitr (or fitrah) is a Wajib (compulsory charity) which becomes payable on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Noble Messenger of Allah ( Sallallâhu 'alayhi wasallam) said:

"The fast remains suspended between Heaven and Earth until the fitrah is paid."

Rasulullâh Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam made charity of Fitr compulsory as a purification of fasts from useless talks and vile discourses and also as food for the poor .(Hadith-Abû Dawûd).

Sadaqatul Fitr is wâjib (compulsory) upon all and it is not permissible to delay the payment of fitrah later than the Day of Eid for:

1. Who is alive at dawn on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

2. On Whom Zakaat is Wajib, or who possesses goods free of debt in excess of his personal needs (e.g. house, clothing, furniture, etc.) to the value upon which Zakaat is obligatory.

3. On the father, on behalf of his minor children.

Points to remember:

It is essential that Sadaqatul Fitr be distributed to the poor and needy Muslim before the Eid Salaah (prayer). However, if this obligation has not been discharged timeously it should be done as soon as possible.

It is preferable to give one’s Sadaqatul Fitr firstly to needy relatives, thereafter to one’s needy neighbours and then to other needy Muslims.

What amount should be paid?

The amount of Sadqatul Fitr is 1.633kg of wheat or 3.266kg of barley or the equivalent in cash.

For the exact amount in your area we suggest you contact your local Musjid, Islamic Organisation or Islamic Scholar.

 

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