ISLAMABAD  - The minimum amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr or Fitrana has been fixed at Rs80 per head this year which is paid to the poor and needy before Eidul Fitr, said Maulana Shoaib, a religious scholar.

Talking to APP, Maulana Shoaib said according to the market price of 2.25 kilograms flour, the amount for Fitrana has been calculated at Rs80.

The faithful who wants to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, Khajoor (dates) and Kishmish should pay Rs 220, Rs 1,120 and Rs 1,600 per head respectively. Before the Eid prayer after Ramazan, every adult Muslim who possesses food in excess of his needs and those of his family must pay Zakat al Fitr. If the person is a breadwinner, he should also pay Zakat al Fitr for his dependants such as his wife, children, dependent relatives or servants. Zakat al Fitr can be paid a few days before the end of Ramazan.

It is preferable to pay it just before Eid prayer (first thing in the morning) so that the poor can enjoy the Eid. The most deserving people for Sadqa-e-Fitr are close relatives followed by neighbours, seminary students and the poor, he said. If anyone had been unable to keep fast for the whole month of Ramazan, he or she should pay Fidya as compensation worth Rs 2,400 in proportionate to flour price, Rs 6,600 for barley, Rs 33,600 for date and Rs 48,000 for raisin, he said.