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Zakatul Fitr distribution made more effective

Monday, September 21, 2009 09:35:39 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: In an interesting development, Jamiat Ahle Hadees in Malegaon this year took it upon itself to collect the Zakatul Fitr – the Eid charity and then distributed them to the poor and needy. Earlier, food grains normally wheat was individually delivered at the doorsteps of the poor to pay the Zakatul Fitr – the mandatory charity given at the eve of Eid – the Muslim festival marking end of Ramadan – the holy month of fasting. 


However, deviating from the traditions, Jamiat Ahle Hadees Malegaon this year prepared hundreds of packets containing each of food grains, flour, rice and edible oil, and distributed them to the needy after the crescent appeared over the horizon.


“In Malegaon, Muslims are normally paying Zakatul Fitr in the form of wheat after the new moon is sighted. But looking at the overall motive behind the Eid charity, the traditional practice does not seem to be serving the actual purpose”, said Jamiat Ahle Hadees Maharashtra president Dr. Saeed Ahmed Faizee.


Zakatul Fitr is mandatory on every Muslim to mend, as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, the mistakes that intentionally or unintentionally committed while fasting in Ramadan. It is paid at the eve of Eid al Fitr, the day of celebrations that marks the end of month long fasting. As the traditions go, they are donated to the poor and needy so that they also enjoy the festive season along with fellow Muslim brothers.


The Guiding Force

"Looking at the overall motive behind Zakatul Fitr, the traditional practice does not seem to be serving the actual purpose."

- Dr. Saeed Faizee

“The traditions from the holy sources about the Zakatul Fitr describe that no Muslim should remain hungry on Eid al Fitr. If we donate the poor with just wheat, that too hours before dawn, it would be neither feasible nor sufficient to prepare a suitable Eid meal for them”, said Dr. Faizee.


“Hence this year”, he added, “Deviating from the traditional practice, we collected the charity amounts, purchased food grains, flour, rice and edible oil, and distributed them to the poor and needy.”


The concept in fact finds its roots at some places in Mumbai, Bhiwandi and few other parts in the country where people were doing this since years. However, it was the first time that someone adopted the concept in Malegaon.


“On a recent visit to Bhiwandi, we came to know of the idea. Back in the city, we discussed it with the Jamiat authorities who immediately decided to replicate it in Malegaon”, said Hafiz Ashfaque who was part of the delegation that the textile town near Mumbai.


Meanwhile, dozens of youths accepting the call given by Jamiat Ahle Hadees Malegaon volunteered to manage the entire affair instead of thronging the markets and shopping malls for last minute Eid purchases. Led by Hafiz Ashfaque and Hafiz Faisal, these volunteers devoted themselves for the noble cause the entire Chand Raat – the day that precedes the Eid Day.


On the expected lines, the idea received applause also from the lucky poor and needy who got the ‘unique food packs’ at their doorsteps few hours before the Eid prayers. “A good and touching initiative”, one of them could just say.










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It is a good move and should be appreciated and similarly adopted by other societies and charitable trusts in malegaon . I remember in our childhood there was a system where an organisation use to come each lane in all Mahala's and collect the Zakatul Fitr in the form of Wheat and use to Either distribute among the poor or send it to Madrasas .


Actually we do not have unity in our Qaum and due to this there are lot of good suggestion which never see the light and go dyeing without see the light.


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Former Advisor to UAE Consulate Mumbai

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