A practice of our Beloved Prophet (PBUH), the act of giving Sadaqatul-Fitr has been ordained to remind us of our obligations towards the poorer sections of society. Sadaqatul-Fitr is an obligation for every Muslim male or female, who owns 613.35 grams of silver or its 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. Every person who owns such an amount has to pay Sadaqatul-Fitr not only on behalf of himself but also on behalf of his minor children.
The prescribed amount of Sadaqatul-Fitr is 1.75 Kilograms of wheat or its value in money. This amount is prescribed for paying Sadaqatul-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.
It is a Sunnah that the Sadaqatul-Fitr is paid before performing the Eid prayer. It can also be paid before the day of Eid, but it is not advisable to delay it up to the performance of Eid prayer. However, if a person has failed to pay prior to the times mentioned, they should pay it as soon as possible.
Sadaqatul-Fitr is spent on those eligible for Zakat donations. This year SteppingStones Charity will distribute Sadaqatul-Fitr in Guyana, South America as well as the Caribbean to widows, orphans and the destitute