This sadaqah is an emphasised sunnah which is due before Eid salah. It is ideal to give a few days in advance in order for the poor to actually receive it and use/spend on Eid day. It is due upon every Muslim and the head of the household is required to give this on behalf of family who are not able to pay or not reached of age.
The amount that must be given is equal to 1.6 kg of wheat or 3.2 kg of barley or something similar. One may give its equivalent value instead of actually distributing wheat or barley. Due to fluctuation it is difficult to specify a price, however it is usually between £5.
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