Fitra is a required charity given at the end of Ramadan, and before Eid-ul-Fitr prayers, to show gratitude to Allah for allowing us to observe the obligatory fasts in Ramadan with compassion and steadfastness. The head of household pays it on behalf of every family member, and it is compulsory for every individual who has sufficient food for themselves and their family.The estimated cost is $10 per person in each household.
In some situations, a Muslim may not fulfill his or her obligatory fasts in Ramadan or may wish to make amends for an unfulfilled oath or promise. Fidya and kaffarah provide solutions that can compensate for not fasting, with or without a valid reason, or breaking other obligations while also benefiting underprivileged members of the community.
*These can be fulfilled through our Sadaqah Qurbani Program and Ramadan Food Program.
When a person is unable to fast due to a valid reason such as travel, illness, old age, harmful levels of thirst or hunger, or oppression, Allah allows them to make up the missed fast(s), if possible, or offer fidya in which a needy person is fed for each missed fast.
The estimated fidya is $10 for each missed fast, or $300 for all of Ramadan.
If the donor is from a low-income family and cannot afford the payment, they should prioritize their family’s needs before giving a fidya donation.
When a person deliberately misses or breaks an obligatory fast during Ramadan without a valid reason, i.e. any reason besides travel, illness, old age, harmful levels of thirst or hunger, or oppression, Allah allows them to offer kaffarah to seek forgiveness. In such situations, the person should either fast for 60 consecutive days or feed 60 needy people per missed or broken fast.
The estimated kaffarah is $600 for each missed or broken fast in Ramadan.
Kaffarah may also be given to compensate for unfulfilled oaths or promises. In such situations, 10 underprivileged people should be fed for each occurrence. The estimated kaffarah is $100 per unfulfilled oath.
If the donor is from a low-income family and cannot afford the payment, it is recommended they fast for three days and make sure to fulfill their oath and stay true to their word going forward.
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