Applicable Amount of Sadaqah al-fitr across the Major Cities of India for Eid 2016

Sadaqah al-fitr is a mandatory donation to be paid to the needy person at the end of Ramdhan and before the Eid prayer by every Muslim who possesses surplus provisions for the night and day of Eid for himself and his dependents. Prime objective behind such donation is to share the happiness of Eid with needy Muslim household so that they can also celebrate along with other fellow Muslim.

In developed countries, this small donation doesn’t have the much impact on the needy person, but in countries like India where large population is still living under the below poverty line and are struggling to fulfil their basic requirement, have the much larger impact.

As per estimates, around 16% (23.2 Million) Muslim population is living under the low income group who earns less than five thousand rupees in a month and are eligible for receiving the Sadaqah al-fitr. This contribution would definitively make an impact in their spending on the day of Eid and make them able to eat with full stomach on this auspicious day of Eid.

Average estimated amount of Sadaqah al-fitr in India is Rs. 50 according to the calculation of prevailing rate of 1.60 kilogram wheat. Donation of this amount by 120 million donor Muslim will provide around 260 Rs. for each poor person.

Retail prices of wheat are different across the various centres of India, we have tried to estimate the amount of Sadaqah al-fitr from prevailing rate of respective centres so that nearby Muslim can calculate their amount accordingly.

State/Centre-wise Applicable Amount of Sadaqah al-fitr in India
State Centre Wheat Price per Kg. Applicable Amount of Sadaqah al-fitr
(Wheat Price
for 1.6 Kg.)
Reported Month
Andhra Pradesh Chittoor 30 48 May 2016
Andhra Pradesh Guntur 32 51 June 2016
Andhra Pradesh Kurnool 28 45 June 2016
Andhra Pradesh Vishakhapatnam 46 74 May 2016
Assam Dibrugarh 26 42 June 2016
Assam Dispur 26 42 June 2016
Assam Guwahati 26 42 June 2016
Assam Silchar 26 42 June 2016
Bihar Patna 25 40 June 2016
Goa Panaji 24 38 May 2016
Gujarat Rajkot 26 42 May 2016
Haryana Hissar 20 32 June 2016
Himachal Pradesh Mandi 22 35 June 2016
Jammu Kashmir Jammu 20 32 May 2016
Jammu Kashmir Shrinagar 22 35 Jan 2016
Jharkhand Ranchi 24 38 June 2016
Karnataka Hubli 32 51 May 2016
Kerala Ernakulam 26 42 June 2016
Kerala Khozhikode 28 45 June 2016
Kerala Trivandrum 39 62 June 2016
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal 24 38 June 2016
Maharashtra Mumbai 32 51 June 2016
Maharashtra Nagpur 32 51 Feb 2016
Manipur Imphal 29 46 June 2016
Meghalaya Shillong 25 40 June 2016
Mizoram Aizwal 30 48 June 2016
Nagaland Kohima 25 40 Mar 2016
National Capital Delhi 21 34 June 2016
Orissa Bhubneshwar 24 38 June 2016
Orissa Cuttack 24 38 June 2016
Punjab Amritsar 20 32 Mar 2016
Rajasthan Dausa 25 40 June 2016
Rajasthan Jaipur 28 45 June 2016
Rajasthan Jodhpur 24 38 June 2016
Rajasthan Swaimadhopur 21 34 June 2016
Sikkim Gangtok 24 38 Apr 2016
Tamil Nadu Chennai 43 69 June 2016
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore 42 67 June 2016
Tamil Nadu Madurai 33 53 June 2016
Tamil Nadu Salem 37 59 June 2016
Telangana Hyderabad 27 43 June 2016
Tripura Agartala 27 43 Apr 2016
Union Territories Portblair 46 74 May 2016
Uttar Pradesh Allahabad 18 29 May 2016
Uttar Pradesh Gorakhpur 21 34 Feb 2016
Uttar Pradesh Kanpur 21 34 June 2016
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow 20 32 June 2016
Uttar Pradesh Saharanpur 20 32 Feb 2016
West Bengal Asansol 22 35 June 2016
West Bengal Howrah 22 35 June 2016
West Bengal Jalpaiguri 26 42 June 2016
West Bengal Kolkata 23 37 June 2016
West Bengal Malda 22 35 June 2016

In spite of having taken all due care in estimation of applicable amount of Sadaqah al-fitr, we strongly advise to cross check the same by yourselves from local sharia scholar to avoid any miscalculation.

Indian tourism minister announced the setting up of a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board

Indian tourism minister announced the setting up of a National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to boost medical tourism in India. The Board will help to bring together and showcase on an international platform the various streams of medicine available in India including Ayurveda, Yoga, naturopathy, Unani and low cost allopathic treatments. Dr Sharma, the minister of tourism, said that this will give an organized structure to medical tourism in India with participation of various stakeholders including the private ones.

Aforementioned statement of tourism minister indicates that India holds the enormous potentialities to develop the medical tourism in India due to availability of professional skilled medical manpower and low cost treatment expenses in compare to other competitive countries like Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and other European countries. Most of medical tourist in India come from the Arab and other South Asian countries who are Muslim by faiths and prefer the Halal friendly services along with the better treatment. Private sector can come out with more friendly packages to attract this particular segment which could cause to further expansion of Medical tourism in India.

Posted on 20.06.2015

President and Prime Minister of India greetings on the occasion of commencement of the holy month of Ramzan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has greeted all fellows Muslims on the occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramzan. In his message, the President has said:-

“I greet all my Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of the commencement of the holy month of Ramzan. May the spirit of Ramzan illuminate the world, show us the way to peace and harmony and remind us of our duties towards the less privileged.”

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, also has greeted the Muslim community on Ramzan. He said :-

"My greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramzan begins. May this Ramzan bring peace and happiness in everyone's lives," the Prime Minister said in his message.

"May this Holy Month also enhance the spirit of harmony and togetherness in society,"

His message in English and Urdu language:

Prime Minister of India speaks to South Asian leaders ahead of the holy month of Ramadan

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi spoke on telephone to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan and President Dr. Ashraf Ghani.

He conveyed the good wishes for the holy month of Ramadan to them and their people. He expressed hope for peace, tranquility and harmony in their countries and in the region during this month of piety and prayers.

He thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for his successful visit to Bangladesh and the extraordinary hospitality, friendship and goodwill that he received from the people and government of Bangladesh. He expressed confidence that the visit has set the stage for a new era in bilateral cooperation and regional partnership between the two countries.

He reiterated to Prime Minister Sharif his message of peaceful, friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister assured President Ghani of India's steadfast commitment to support Afghanistan in its efforts to build a peaceful, stable, secure and prosperous nation.

Posted on 16.06.2015

Branding of products during the month of Ramadhan to attract the Indian Muslim consumer

The holy month of Ramadan, the most respectable month among the Muslim across the World known for purification and spirituality, going to start from 19th June 2015. Muslim devote more time for obligation of religious duties in this month with special attention towards Allah and try to become the more closed to their religion. Fasting starts from the dawn (Sahur) to sunset (Iftar) that changed the dietary time and its norms from the usual practices. Besides the five times prayer in normal days, a new addition of Salath Taraweh also being performed after the night prayer. This month comes with change in Muslim attitudes and their closeness towards the religion. After thirty days fasting, Muslim celebrates their largest festival of Eid. Eid is widely known for large shopping and distribution of sweets in Indian subcontinent.

This month is celebrated with much of enthusiasm and holds the enormous potentialities in term of making the attraction of Muslim consumer for their specific religious friendly products and services as well as the mainstream products. To trap the most loyal Muslim consumer, Halal manufacturing companies introduce their products in this month for better advertisement and marketing while the mainstream brands also try to expand their consumers in Muslim segment by offering the special discounts and packages in this month in most of OIC countries and other countries where Muslim have the notable presence.
Indian Muslim constitute around 14% share of total population, mostly are poor or belongs to middle class segment, don’t have the much attraction for mainstream brands. While the Halal brands are devoid in India and still most of certification is used for exporting of their products in Arab and other OIC countries. Ramadhan in terms of marketing and branding the products is not much welcomed in India similar to other countries.  

Month of Ramadhan also come with lot of potentialities in terms of branding the products for Muslim consumer and India doesn’t have any exemption for such opportunity. Special products and offers by mainstream companies during the month of Ramadhan would be a bridge to reach out the Muslim consumer and can expand their market for untapped customers. Some potential sector could be as following for Ramadhan:
  • Mainly the food processing, bakery and dairy based companies can introduce the niche products for the month of Ramadhan and Eid. Like Britania earlier introduce the special morning bread for Ramadhan
  • Fashion industry can have some special offers for Eid and can customize some Muslim friendly fashion 
  • Dates are also largely demanded in this month for breaking the fast.
  • There could also be more potential services like the Iftar party organizing events for event organizer and catering service providers.
  • Other service providing companies also can introduce the special packages for this month like earlier telecom companies, Idea cellular and BSNL introduce a recharge coupon of ‘786’ for the month of Ramadhan for their pre-paid consumers.
  • FMCG companies can offer some special discounts for this month of Ramadhan.
  • Media group can also start some specific programs for Ramadhan during Sahur and Iftra timing like the ETV Urdu, Zee Salam, Aalmi Sahara and other Urdu and Muslim friendly channels have been introduced. Some newspaper dedicate a small space for timetable of Ramadhan.
  • Regarding tourism, a comparative mature market exists in India for the Hajj and Umrah tour operators. Affluent Muslim prefer to spent the holy month in Saudi Arabia for Umrah and they have the special Ramadhan packages from private tour operators.
Branding during the month of Ramadhan is not any cultural supremacy or preaching for Islam but it should be treated as an opportunity to expand the market for attracting the largely untapped Indian Muslim population.