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.
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.
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
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
at the overall motive behind Zakatul Fitr, the traditional practice
does not seem to be serving the actual purpose."
- Dr. Saeed Faizee
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.
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
“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.
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
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