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Fidyah & Kaffarah

HELP THOSE IN NEED

Fidyah and Kaffarah are to be given only to the poor and needy to compensate for breaking these obligations, which in turn benefit members of the larger community who are in dire need of financial assistance.

Fidyah is the religious obligation to pay for feeding someone if you have missed or are exempt from fasting during the month of Ramadan due to pregnancy, illness, old age or any other reason which prevents you from making the fasts up later.

Fidyah for Ramadan 2021 is $5 per day for each missed fast out of necessity and it will be used for feeding one person with two meals or two persons with one meal. If someone could not fast during the whole month of Ramadan, he/she will have to pay $150

‘Fasting is for a fixed number of days, and if one of you be sick, or if one of you be on a journey, you will fast the same number of other days later on. For those who are capable of fasting (but still do not fast) there is a redemption: feeding a needy man for each day missed. Whoever voluntarily does more good than is required, will find it better for him; and that you should fast is better for you, if you only know’.

(Qur’an 2:184)

Feed 60 people!

Kaffarah is a religious donation of money or food made to help those in need. Kaffarah is made when someone deliberately misses a fast or breaks their fast without a valid reason. The amount paid in Kaffarah for each missed fast is equivalent to feeding 60 people, and the estimated cost for each missed fast is $5 per person for feeding 60 people which equals $300.

Who can receive Fidyah & Kaffarah?

Fidyah and Kaffarah are to be given only to the poor and needy, not to everyone. Scholars consider these compensation payments to be like zakat, therefore those entitled to receive Fidyah and Kaffarah are regarded as being among those who are entitled to Zakat.

The concept of Fidyah and Kaffarah in Islam help a Muslim to compensate for breaking these obligations, which in turn benefit members of the larger community who are in dire need of financial assistance.

Outside of Ramadan, Kaffara can be given to recompense for broken oaths or promises. In this instance, 10 needy people should be fed for each incident. The estimated cost is $5 per person for 10 people, which equals $50 per broken promise.

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