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Apex court puts ‘Sadqa-i-Fitr’at 60 afghanis

Apex court puts ‘Sadqa-i-Fitr’at 60 afghanis

Jun 27, 2016 - 15:39

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Supreme Court on Monday put Sadaqa-i-Fitr-- a kind of Zakatinfo-icon paid at the end of Ramadaninfo-icon-ul-Mubarak -- for current year 60 Afghanis.

Ulemainfo-icon have different views about the amount of Sadqa-i-Fitr -- a small amount of food to be given in charity before Eid prayers. This amount is separate from the annual payment of Zakat.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said each person should give away in charity an amount equivalent to one sa'a of grain. A sa'a is an ancient measure of volume.

Various scholars have struggled interpreting this amount in modern measurements.Some say the amount is 2.5 kilograms of flour or grains, others believe it is 1.5 kilograms and some estimate put it at 1,800 grams.

Supreme Court’s Fatwa Department head Maulvi Sadiqullah Muslim told Pajhwok Afghan News most of religious scholars had unanimously put the amount at 1,800 grams of wheat.

Under the Sharia law, dates, raisins, wheat and barley can be given in Sadqa-i-Fitr to the poor, he said, adding wheat was the most common food in Afghanistaninfo-icon; therefore each person should give 1,800 grams of it to the poor and needy people.

Based on current wheat prices in Kabul, each member of a family should pay 50 to 60 afghanis in Sadqa-i-Fitr, Muslim said. But he recommended 60 afghanis to be paid.

He stressed wealthy people must give about 3,800 grams of raisin or dates per head to the needy people before Eidul Fitr prayers. Given today’s raisin prices, each person should pay 70 afghanis and based on dates price, 50 afghanis.

Muslim said that poor relatives came first and have a greater right to zakat and Sadqa-i-Fitr. Reminded that most people give Sadqa-i-Fitr to prayer leaders, he replied if an imam is poor, he should be paid.

The earlier on Eid day the charity is paid, the more rewards the person receives, he said, adding Sadqa-i-Fitr is paid by those who are not under debt and have enough food for one day and night.

 Religious scholarMulafi Wasiq Ahmad said: “The Sadqa-i-Fitr is mandatory for all Muslim men, womeninfo-icon, elders, young, adult, child and babies, who are alive until the last sundown of Ramadan, and have enough food to be used in their family for more than one day.”



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