Sadqa-e-Fitr must be paid before Eid prayer: Ulema

Islamabad—Sadqa-e-Fitr (also known as Fitrana) is an amount of charity – in the form of staple foodstuffs – which all Muslims with the means are required to pay at the end of holy month of Ramazan.
Sadqa-e-Fitr is an act of thankfulness towards Allah Almighty for having enabled us to observe the fasts of Ramazan and also purifies us from any shortcomings during the month. In addition, it is intended to share joy and happiness amongst Muslims, especially the poor and needy, by helping them to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
According to Mufti Taqi Usmani, it is a Sunnah that the Sadqa-e-Fitr is paid before performing the Eid prayer.
It can also be paid before the Eid day, but it is not advisable to pay after Eid prayer.However, if a person has failed to pay Fitrana at proper time, then he/she should pay it as soon as possible.
It is incumbent on every Muslim who has enough basic foodstuffs to feed himself and his family for the duration of one day and one night.
A Muslim must pay Sadqa-e-Fitr on behalf of himself, his wife, children and any dependents. Sadqa-e-Fitr is an obligation for every Muslim, male or female, who owns 613.35 grams of silver or equivalent, either in the form of money, ornaments, stock-in-trade,or in the form of some goods or commodities beyond one’s normal needs.
The prescribed amount of ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’ is 1.75 kilograms of wheat or its value in money. This amount is prescribed for paying Sadqa-e-Fitr for one person only.
If a person has some minor children, the same amount has to be paid on behalf of each one of them separately while adult male and female family members are responsible to pay the Fitrana themselves. A father is not bound to pay ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’ on behalf of his adult children or vice-versa.
However, if the head of the family, by his own free will, wishes to pay ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’for each one of the members of his family, he should seek their authorization for that purpose. In this case the ‘Sadqa-e-Fitr’ paid by him will be valid on their behalf.—APP

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