If you miss or break any fasts this Ramadan, then you must make up for them, either by fasting, or by donations known as Fidya and Kaffarah, which you can do quickly and easily with Human Appeal.
£300 – Kaffarah - provides a meal to 60 people to compensate for one deliberately broken fast.
£5 – Fidya - provides two meals for missing one fast with a valid reason.
£25 – Fidya five days - provides ten meals. Choose this option if you miss five days of fasting in Ramadan.
£150 – Fidya whole month - provides sixty meals. Choose this option if you are unable to fast for the entire month of Ramadan.
Paying Fidya relieves provides two meals to a fasting person, dispelling their hunger. This year, we’ll be delivering your Fidya and Kaffarah in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, helping families to eat well at iftar.
If you had a valid reason not to fast – if you were pregnant, nursing, travelling, or unwell, then it’s preferable to make that day up at a later date. But if you’re not expected to be able to make up your fast, you can pay Fidya for each day missed.
If you know that you won’t be able to make up the fasts you’ll miss this Ramadan at a later date, then it’s preferable to pay your Fidya in advance, so that you can help vulnerable people to break their fast this Ramadan.
If you deliberately break or skip a fast without a valid reason, you must fast 60 consecutive days, or pay Kaffarah, which provides a meal to 60 people this Ramadan. You must do this for every day that you missed or broke your fast without a valid reason.
Fidya or Kaffarah?
Fidya – Pay this if you skip a fast but have a valid reason to do so. A Fidya donation must provide two meals to a poor person and you can fulfil this duty quickly and easily though Human Appeal for just £5.
Kaffarah – If you deliberately miss or break a fast without a valid reason you must either fast for 60 consecutive days or provide 60 people with a meal costing £5, for a total of £300 per fasting day missed.
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
As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting is compulsory for all able Muslims above the age of puberty. That makes it necessary for a Muslim to compensate for any fasting days missed, whether they had a valid reason to or not.
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)
We’ve been carrying out your Fidya and Kaffarah compensations for 30 years. When it comes to matters as important as recompensing for missed fasts, experience is absolutely key. We have longstanding, but regularly updated and assessed, systems in place to make sure that your Fidya or Kaffarah is carried out in in a timely and efficient manner, while providing nutritious food to those who need it most, especially in this time of fragile need.
Compensate for your missed fasts, and help to make Ramadan easier for the most vulnerable in this month of mercy.
Pay your Fidya or Kaffarah today.