Fidya, Kafara & Fitrana

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 compensate for it. This act of monetary compensation is called Fidya and Kafara, though each relates to different situations. Fitrana is mandatory charity paid by Muslims at the end of Ramadan.

Fidya

Fidya is for people who have a valid reason for not fasting, (like illness, pregnancy 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 £4 per fast. That’s £120 for the whole month of Ramadan (30 days).

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.

Kafara

Kafara is payable by people who have missed a fast during Ramadan, without a valid reason. To make up for it, the person must either fast for 60 days, or pay to have 60 people fed. This amounts to around £240.

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.

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 £4 – £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.

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.