Tithe set at $5.10 and $6.90 for fasting month

Muslim congregants performing evening prayers, also know as 'Tarawih', to mark the eve of the first day of Ramadan at Al-Mukminin Mosque in Jurong East Street 21 on June 17, 2015.
Muslim congregants performing evening prayers, also know as 'Tarawih', to mark the eve of the first day of Ramadan at Al-Mukminin Mosque in Jurong East Street 21 on June 17, 2015. PHOTO: ST FILE

The annual tithe to be contributed by Muslims this year stands at $5.10 or $6.90 per person.

This was announced by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore yesterday.

All Muslims have to pay zakat during the month of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

The rate is determined by the Muis Zakat and Fitrah Committee by using the average price of 2.3kg of the grade of rice that is generally consumed by the Muslim community.

Muis introduced a two-tier Zakat Fitrah rate in 2005 to facilitate zakat payers who may wish to pay more than the normal rate.

Zakat payers may choose the rate that is most suitable, based on their daily consumption.

KEEPING THE FAITH

May God bless our efforts in establishing a Muslim community of excellence. Bestow upon us the strength to perform our fast with much faith and devotion.

MUFTI MOHAMED FATRIS BAKARAM

The tithe must be paid during the month of Ramadan.

Zakat is prescribed as a means of purification for the person who fasts, redressing wrong deeds and undesirable words uttered during fasting. Zakat also goes into providing relief-aid to the needy.

Today is the first day of fasting.

In a statement yesterday, Mufti Mohamed Fatris Bakaram wished Muslims a blessed Ramadan. He encouraged the community to strengthen friendship and foster stronger family ties throughout the month.

He said: "May God bless our efforts in establishing a Muslim community of excellence. Bestow upon us the strength to perform our fast with much faith and devotion."

Melody Zaccheus

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 06, 2016, with the headline 'Tithe set at $5.10 and $6.90 for fasting month'. Print Edition | Subscribe