Ramadan is a time of reflection and purification, wherein all Muslims should refrain from any vices. In instances where fasting isn’t possible, one must pay Kaffarah or Fidya instead. Each of these donations goes towards helping those in need.
What Is Fidya?
Fidya refers to a mandatory charity contribution to make up for missed fasts. This can only be paid if you have a valid reason for not fasting and can’t make up for missed fasts at a later date. Contributing your Fidya amount 2024 for not fasting will feed someone living in poverty twice or help to provide two impoverished people with a meal each.
Who Pays Fidya?
As previously mentioned, the payment of Fidya is required when one misses their fast with good reason to do so and cannot make up for this at a later date. The following individuals are permitted to miss their fast and pay Fidya instead:
People who are required to take certain medication
People who experience short-term illnesses throughout Ramadan
People with chronic mental illnesses
Who Can Receive Fidya?
Fidya can’t be given to just anyone; it must be given to the poor and needy, much like Zakat. Here at Orphans in Need, we ensure that your Fidya donations reach those who are in the most desperate of circumstances, allowing you to transform the life of someone who really needs it.
How Much Is Fidya For Ramadan 2024?
Fidya 2024 equates to £4 per person per missed fast. So, if a person doesn’t fast for the entirety of Ramadan, they’ll be required to pay £120 in total.
Kaffarah is the donation made when you deliberately miss or break your fast during the month of Ramadan without a valid reason. Kaffarah is not an obligatory contribution as you can choose to fast continuously for 60 days, although if you intentionally miss or break another fast, you must begin the 60 days again. The Kaffarah contribution is used to feed 60 people living in poverty.
When Should I Pay Fidya/Kaffarah?
Fidya doesn’t have to be paid exclusively in Ramadan, and you can pay your Fidya all year round. It’s also permitted to pay outstanding Fidya and Kaffarah payments from a previous year during Ramadan.
Is Giving Fidya/Kaffarah Compulsory?
Sawm is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and it’s this Pillar that dictates all able Muslims over the age of puberty must fast. Therefore, anyone who cannot or does not fast must compensate in some way.