Jammu & Kashmir

Sadaqat-ul-Fitr: Grand Mufti Nasir-ul Islam clarifies, says amount ranges from Rs 70-1,025 per person

Woman collects donations from devotees at Jamia Masjid, Anatnag. [FPK Photo/ Muzammil Bashir]

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam on Saturday clarified that Sadaqat-ul-Fitr amount ranges from Rs 70 to Rs 1025 per person depending upon the financial position of the family.

Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam said that Rs 70 per soul Sadaqat-ul-Fitr has been misinterpreted by the people and it is believed that Rs 70  is to be paid by one and all.

That’s not the case. Rs 70 is for the poor lot who are fighting hard to make their both ends meet. Similarly, Rs 750 (which is equivalent to 3kg of cheese) is for the rich class and Rs 1025 is for the richest class per soul (as per 3kg rate of raisins).

Quoting Hadith, Mufti Nasir said: “Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Apostle enjoined the payment of one Sa’ of dates or one Sa’ of barley as Zakat-ul-Fitr on every Muslim slave or free, male or female, young or old, and he ordered that it be paid before the people went out to offer the ‘Id prayer. (One Sa’ = 3 kilograms approx.)”

In another Hadith, “The Prophet (PBUH) ordered the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before going to the Eid prayer.”

The Grand Mufti appealed to the people to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr as per their financial ability and as per set rules which is Rs 70 for poorest, Rs 750 for rich, and Rs 1025 for the richest class (per soul/per family).  He said that money should reach to the needy, destitute, orphans and widows and those in need ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr so that they too can celebrate the festival. (KNO)

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