Zakat al Fitr which is also known as fitra is a charity which every Muslim, who has food in excess to their needs, must pay before the Eid prayers. The fitra rate for each year is announced by Chairman of Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, who also held a press conference announcing the rates for 2020.
The fidya rates for 2020 along with the kaffara or compensation for those who can’t fast due to health conditions and kaffara for promise are as follows:
|Standard||Fitra/person||Fidya for 30 days||Kaffara for not fasting (Compensation)||Kaffara for breaking oath|
|Wheat||Rs. 125||Rs. 3,750||Rs. 7,500||Rs. 1,250|
|Barley||Rs. 320||Rs. 9,600||Rs. 19,200||Rs. 3,200|
|Dates||Rs. 1,600||Rs. 48,000||Rs. 96,000||Rs. 16,000|
|Raisin||Rs. 1,920||Rs. 57,600||Rs. 115,200||Rs. 19,200|
|Cheese||Rs. 3,540||Rs. 106,200||Rs. 212,400||Rs. 35,400|
The rates are announced as per wheat, barley, dates, raisin and cheese which people are asked to pay as per their financial position. Which means the minimum amount is as per the wheat but if the person can afford he should pay in higher standards such as in raisin or cheese.
Mufti Muneeb requested people to pay the fitra with the highest possible standard so that the needs of the underprivileged part of our society are met.
Scholars ask people to pay this fitrana and fidya amount before going to Eid prayers so that the poor and needy can have the opportunity to celebrate the day as others. Imam Bukhari also narrated that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) also ordered people to pay Zakat al Fitr before going to the Eid prayer.