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f:181 -    When should we give Sadqa Fitr
Country : Secunderabad,
Name : Abdul Haq
Question:     I want to ask you about Sadqa Fitr.  When is the correct time for Sadqa Fitr?  What is the last time for it?  If for some reason, I am not able to give it on the day of Eid, what should I do?
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Answer:     As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Sadqa Fitr is Compulsory (Wajib) on that person who has wealth which reaches the prescribed limits and which is beyond the basic necessities of life and that person should be free of debt.  The prescribed minimum criterion is the same as Zakaat, but for Sadqa Fitr, there is no condition that the wealth should be of an increasing kind (like gold, silver or commercial goods) or that 1 year should have passed on it.   (Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol 1, Pg No: 193)

Sadqa Fitr becomes Compulsory as soon as the day of Eid dawns.  The time limit for Sadqa Fitr is the whole life itself and can be given any time, but it is Commendable (Mustahab) to give it on the day of Eid before going to the Eidgah.   It can be given after the Salaat Ul Eid as well.  It should be kept in mind that as long as it is not given, it remains Compulsory (Wajib) and must be given, no matter how long a time passes.  As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol 1, Pg No: 192.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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