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Sadaqatul Fitr

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Rasullullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “The fast remains suspended between the heavens and the earth until the sadaqatul fitr is discharged.” (Targheeb)

Sadaqatul fitr becomes obligatory upon a Muslim male and female:

1. Who is alive on the day of Eidul-Fitr.

2. On whom zakaat is waajib, or who possesses goods free from debt in excess of personal needs (eg. 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. 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. 

The amount for sadaqatul fitr presently is R16-00 or more per person (minor or adult)

(Courtesy of Jamiatul Ulama, KZN)