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Pay your Fidya & Kaffarah and feed the needy

In the sacred month of Ramadan, the act of fasting holds profound significance. However, life's circumstances sometimes make it impossible for some to observe this spiritual practice. In such cases, Fidya and Kaffarah bring salvation and a great opportunity to spread kindness. The following verse mentions sickness as one of the reasons affecting the ability to fast.


"Fasting is for a fixed number of days, and if one of you is sick or on a journey, you will fast the same number of other days later on." - Qur’an | 2:184

While many are required to make up for the missed fasts later in the year, some people are granted exemption due to the illness being of a permanent nature. In such cases, Fidya becomes compulsory in light of the following verse:

“And as for those who can fast with difficulty (e.g. an old man), they have (a choice either to fast or) to feed a poor person (for every day).”[Al-Baqarah 2:184]”

The Difference between Fidya and Kaffarah?

Knowing the difference between Kaffarah and Fidya is crucial to fasting in Ramadan. Fidya is the obligatory donation in case of chronic illness, severe old age or weakness. Meanwhile, Kaffarah has to be given as an expiation for deliberately breaking a Ramadan fast. This post aims to further explore the Fidya and Kaffarah meanings by discussing them individually below. So, what is Fidya and Kaffarah?

What is Fidya?

If circumstances prevent you from fasting during Ramadan, like a long-term health condition or severe old age, you can fulfil your religious obligation by paying Fidya. Fidya means compensating for missed fasts by feeding a needy person each day.

How Much is Fidya?

The cost of feeding a person is roughly £4 per day or £120 for the entire month of Ramadan. Your generous donation will ensure that the elderly, sick, disabled and the needy receive the food they need. Let your contributions give hope to those in need this Ramadan.

Note: Fidya is primarily for those who are suffering from long term illness or unable to fast due to old age, and are not able to make up the fasts after Ramadan.

What is Kaffarah?

For those who deliberately miss or break a fast in Ramadan without valid reasons, Kaffarah offers a path to redemption. In such cases, the individuals can either fast continuously for 60 days or choose to feed 60 poor people.

How Much is Kaffarah?

To feed one person per day, it is £4 per person, totalling £240 for feeding 60 poor and needy people. Your donation not only compensates for missed fasts but also contributes to uplifting the lives of many underprivileged individuals.

Act Now to Make a Meaningful Impact

Charity Meals provides hot meals and food parcels to those suffering from hunger. Your Fidya and Kaffarah payments support Charity Meals’ appeals aimed at alleviating food poverty in deprived areas.

Fidya and Kaffarah donations resonate with the true essence of Ramadan – namely, compassion, generosity, and unity. Together, we can unlock the blessings of the holy month and extend a helping hand to those facing challenges to their survival. Join hands with Charity Meals by paying your Fidya and Kaffarah.

Frequently Asked Questions About Fidya & Kaffarrah for Ramadan 2024


How Much is Fidya for Ramadan 2024?

Fidya is approximately £4 for each missed fast. This amount is intended to provide for two meals for one person. If all fasts in Ramadan are missed, the total Fidya is £120 for 30 days of fasting.

What is the Difference between Fidya and Kaffarah?

Fidya is paid when a fast is missed for valid reasons, while Kaffarah is paid for breaking a fast without a valid reason. Fidya involves an amount equivalent to feeding one person for each missed fast, while Kaffarah entails an amount equivalent to feeding 60 people.

Who Can Receive Fidya?

Fidya is intended only for the poor and needy. Scholars equate Fidya to Zakat, and those entitled to Zakat are considered eligible to receive Fidya as well.

What is Fidya in Islam?

Fidya is a religious donation aimed at assisting those in need. It is paid when someone is unable to fast due to prolonged medical conditions or other valid reasons, causing an inability to make up the missed fasts later on.

When Do You Pay Your Fidya?

You are required to pay Fidya before missing a fast or before the onset of Ramadan if you are aware that you won't be able to participate for the entire month.

Is Fidya Mandatory?

Fasting during Ramadan is mandatory for all able Muslims. It is one of the fundamental pillars of Islam. Muslims are obliged to pay Kaffarah or Fidya when they are unable to observe fasting in Ramadan. Acts of charity have been specified as the expiation of missed fasts, which highlights the importance of giving in Islam, particularly in the blessed month of Ramadan.

How Do I Make My Payment?

Donate online to make your Fidya and Kaffarah contributions, or call Charity Meals’ donation hotline at 0207 889 0786. Fulfil your religious obligation by feeding the hungry in areas of desperate need. Give generously to keep up with the spirit of Ramadan and earn multiplied rewards. In the words of the Prophet (SAW),

“Whoever gives iftar to a fasting person will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.” [Tirmidhi]