Fidya, Kafara & Fitrana

In Islam, Fidya and Kafara are acts of monetary compensation paid to the poor. Though each relates to different situations, both are compensation that Muslims are obliged to pay for un-kept fasts in the month of Ramadan and, in the case of Kafara, broken oaths. Fidya and Kafara can be paid at any time throughout the year. Fitrana is mandatory charity paid by Muslims at the end of Ramadan. Fitrana is time sensitive. Read more about each below.

What are the different kinds of obligatory and voluntary charity in Islam? Here’s all you need to know about Zakat and Sadaqa.

 

Fidya

Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan, providing they are in good health, of sound mind and physically able. In the instance that a person cannot or does not keep fast, he/she is obliged to pay Fidya or Kafara.

Fidya is for people who have a valid reason for not fasting and who are unable to make up for the missed fats afterwards (like serious illness or old-age). It involves paying to provide a person’s daily sustenance, for every fast that they miss. The cost may vary from year to year, but is generally around £5.

£5 per missed fast

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) accepts fidya and kafara payments. But it is vital that we are informed of your intention, because such payments can only be used towards feeding people. When donating fidya or kafara online, please ensure you select ‘fidya’ from the drop down menu.

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Kafara

Fasting is obligatory for all adult Muslims in the month of Ramadan, providing they are in good health, of sound mind and physically able. In the instance that a person cannot or does not keep fast, he/she is obliged to pay Fidya and/or Kafara.

Kafara is payable by people who have missed or broken a fast during Ramadan, without a valid reason. In such a situation, one is still obligated to make up the missed fast(s), however, a compensation is due for missing it. To compensate, the person must either fast for 60 days, or pay to have 60 people fed. This amounts to around £300. There is only one Kafara payable per Ramadan, regardless of how many fasts are missed.

£300 for the month

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) accepts fidya and kafara payments. But it is vital that we are informed of your intention, because such payments can only be used towards feeding people. When donating fidya or kafara online, please ensure you select ‘fidya’ from the drop down menu.

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Fitrana

Zakat al-fitr, also commonly known as ‘fitrana’, is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting.
The required quantity of fitrana was described by the Prophet Muhammad (pbhu) as one saa. The monetary equivalent of this today is £5 worth of staple food. So the recommended amount to be paid as fitrana by each person is roughly £5. It is important that zakat fitrana reaches the poor in time for Eid, so that they can celebrate the festival.

£5 per person

Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) accepts fitrana payments. But it is vital that we are informed of your intention, because fitrana is time sensitive and can only be used towards feeding people. When donating your fitrana please do so in advance of Eid and ensure you select ‘fitrana’ from the drop down menu.

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