Bangladesh leaves minimum fitra unchanged at Tk 70
The minimum Fitra has been fixed this year at Taka 70 per person while the maximum Taka 2,200, BSS reports. The National Fitra Fixing Committee of the Islamic Foundation fixed the amounts at a meeting held at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque here today. Chaired by president of the National Fitra Fixing Committee and senior Pesh Imam of the national mosque Hafez Maulana Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, the meeting was attended, among others, by Islamic Foundation director general Anis Mahmud, a press release said.
The minimum and maximum rates of Fitra have been set taking the market prices of flour, dates and other relevant food items into account. Fitra is paid to the poor before the Eid Jamaat, the special prayer offered to commemorate the Eid-ul-Fitr. Fitra, also known as Zakat al-fitr or fitrana, is a compulsory charity paid by the Muslims at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Under the Islamic Shariah, the rate for Fitra per person can be based on one of the prices of flour, dates, raisin, cheese or barley.
People of the Muslim community can choose one of those goods or its maximum market value in Taka to pay Fitra. Muslims, with minimal affluence, are obligated to offer Fitra or charity gift to the poor ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr, their biggest religious festival.