LAHORE – Religious leaders and Islamic scholars from all schools of thought have urged Muslims to pay Fitrana before Eid-ul-Fitr for getting the poor and needy Muslims of the society onboard in the happiness of Eid.

The minimum amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr or Fitrana to be paid before Eid-ul-Fitr has been fixed at Rs80 this year, Tanzeemul Madaris Ahl-e-Sunnat Pakistan President and Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneebur Rehman said on Saturday.

According to the market price of 2.25 kilograms of flour, the amount for Fitrana this year has been calculated at Rs80. He said those who wanted to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, Khajoor (dates) and Kishmish should pay Rs200, Rs1,280 and Rs1,600, respectively. Mufti Muneeb also advised the people to pay the amount to the poor before Eid-ul-Fitr, so that they could also celebrate the festival.

The most deserving people for Sadqa-e-Fitr are close relatives, followed by neighbours and the poor. It is incumbent on all Muslims who possess enough basic foodstuffs to feed themselves and their families for the duration of one day and one night. A Muslim must pay Sadqa-e-Fitr on behalf of himself, his wife, children and dependents. In accordance with Islam, Fitrana similar to other obligations is mandatory for every Muslim who has the capacity to pay.

Shedding light on the status of Fitrana in Sharia laws, a religious scholar Maulana Raza Mustafa said Fitrana was different from Zakat in the manner of its measurement and distribution. He said it was imposed on per head as 2.5 kilograms of wheat in the family, while Zakat is mandatory only on assets of a Muslim.

Mustafa further said the objective of Fitrana was to get the poor Muslims on board in the festivity of Eid, while the purpose of Zakat was wellbeing of Muslims throughout the year.

Giving an example, he said if there were seven people in a family, the 2.5 kilograms of wheat per head would become 17.5 kilograms of wheat; and the family would pay the amount equal to the 17.5 kilograms of raw wheat to the poor.