Understanding Kaffarah and Fidya: Your guide to fulfilling obligations and supporting Gaza

February 26, 2024

A Muslim family doing dua before an Iftar meal at Ramadan

In the heart of Islamic teachings, acts of faith and devotion intertwine with the spirit of compassion and giving. Among these practices are Kaffarah and Fidya, two forms of expiation that not only serve as a means to compensate for certain lapses in religious duties but also as opportunities to extend help to those in need. 

With IF Charity, your contributions for Kaffarah and Fidya can make a significant difference in the lives of the people in Gaza, the sole focus of our work.

What is Kaffarah?

Kaffarah is a religious compensation required of Muslims who deliberately miss or break a fast during the holy month of Ramadan without a valid reason. 

To atone for the intentionally broken fast, you must either fast continuously for 60 days or pay Kaffarah. Kaffarah is essentially the cost of feeding 60 people.

It serves as a reminder of the sanctity of this month and the importance of observing fasts with sincerity and dedication. The act of Kaffarah not only seeks to atone for the lapse but embodies the Islamic principle of caring for the less fortunate.

The 2024 rate for Kaffarah is set at £300 per intentionally missed or broken fast (£5 per person for 60 people). This amount is not arbitrary; it is carefully calculated to provide substantial assistance to those in need, ensuring that the act of expiation has a meaningful impact.

What is Fidya?

Fidya is another form of expiation required from those who are unable to fast during Ramadan due to valid reasons such as long-term illness, persistent health conditions, or old age and who cannot make up the missed fasts later. 

Fidya involves providing a needy person with meals for each day of fasting missed or giving the equivalent amount of money to charity.

For 2024, the rate for Fidya has been determined at £5 per missed fast. This contribution is designed to be accessible, allowing everyone to fulfill their religious obligations while supporting those in dire need.

See how you can help Gaza this Ramadan >

The impact of your donations

By fulfilling your Kaffarah and Fidya through IF Charity, you directly contribute to the well-being of the people in Gaza. The region, marked by years of conflict and blockade, faces immense challenges, including severe food shortages, lack of medical supplies, and widespread poverty. 

Your donations provide essential relief to Gazan families living under these difficult conditions.

Why donate with IF Charity?

IF Charity is dedicated exclusively to working in Gaza, ensuring that every penny of your Kaffarah and Fidya goes directly to those who need it most in the Gaza Strip. 

Our deep understanding of the local context, combined with a commitment to transparency and efficiency, means that your contributions make the maximum impact.

Kaffarah and Fidya represent more than just religious obligations; they are opportunities to embody the spirit of compassion and generosity that lies at the heart of Islam. 

By fulfilling these duties through IF Charity, you not only atone for lapses in your fasts but also contribute to a brighter future for the people of Gaza. Let your act of faith be a beacon of hope for those in need. Donate today and make a difference in the lives of countless individuals and families in Gaza.

Remember, your contributions for Kaffarah and Fidya can transform lives. Embrace this chance to support the people of Gaza through IF Charity, where every donation is a step towards healing and hope.

IF Charity staff distributing cooked food in Gaza



missed or broken fasts

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If you have missed fasts out of necessity and are unable to make up for the lost days afterwards, you need to pay Fidyah (£5 for each day that is missed).

If you have missed fasts unnecessarily, you must pay Kaffarah (£300 for each broken fast).

iF Charity ensures that Fidya donations go directly to feeding a needy family in the Gaza Strip. Make your payments easily today.

IF Charity staff distributing food supplies in Gaza



intentionally missed or broken fasts

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If you have missed fasts unnecessarily, you can must pay Kaffarah for each broken fast – that’s £300 day.

iF Charity ensures that Kaffarah donations go directly to feeding a needy family in the Gaza Strip. Make your payments easily today.

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