Are you or a close family member suffering from an illness?
Will you be unable to fast this Ramadan?
Have you missed any fasts in previous years?
Do you know what you must do?
Rajab and Shaban are sacred months and offer us an opportunity to prepare for the most sacred month of Ramadan, a joyful occasion for Muslims all over the world. We should make the most of this time and prepare not only ourselves but also ease the suffering of others. This is the best time to pay your Fidyah, if you are unable to fast because it allows us to help the poor during Ramadan.
What is Fidyah
In Ramadan, we are reminded to be mindful over our sinful thoughts and actions and Allah rewards us while we fast. Unfortunately for many of us who are unable to fast because of a chronic illness, feel guilty for not being able to keep our religious duty in front of Allah. Some even risk their lives by choosing to fast against medical advice.
This shouldn’t be the case because Allah is merciful and forgives those who can’t keep their fast and absolves them of any guilt by feeding the poor. Allah tells us that the obligatory compensation on those who do not fast is to feed a needy person if they can afford it. This is called Fidyah.
Make your Fidyah arrangements before Ramadan
Allah teaches us that we have an obligation to give Fidyah to make up for each missed fast. This is a ‘Sa’ of wheat and scholars have differed on the modern-day equivalent of a ‘Sa’ but are in agreement that is equal to a poor person’s daily sustenance. This means two meals per day and in the UK, this is £5 per missed fast.
Making your Fidyah arrangements before Ramadan will free up space for meditation and prayer and alleviate the sense of guilt you might feel for breaking the fast. More importantly, it means that the poor and needy can benefit from the meals during the month of Ramadan.
Focus on what you can do
In this sacred month, not being able to fast and complete your night prayer could leave those who are unable feeling down and isolated but you don’t have to feel like this. Focus on what you can do instead of dwelling on what you can’t.
Fasting wasn’t sent as a punishment but as a gift. So even if Fasting is not an option for those with a chronic illness, Ramadan is still a time for joy, worship and community.
Our Fidyah programme
Fidyah for the whole month of Ramadan is 30 x £5 per day and works out to £150. We have made arrangement for your Fidyah to be sent in advance of Ramadan so the needy can also enjoy the blessed month and make dua for the donors. All recipients will receive the sahoor and iftar meal throughout the month of Ramadan through this programme.
We have Feeding programmes in:
Al-Masjid al Ḥarām in Makkah al Mukarramah
Al-Masjid an Nabawi in Madina tul Munawwarah
Al Masjid al Aqsa in Jerusalem
Tharparkar desert and South Punjab area of Pakistan
Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh
In many locations throughout Africa including Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Gambia & Tanzania
Please note you can pay Fidyah for any outstanding dues from earlier years to make up for missed fast and also any Kaffara which you have missed. Kaffarah is payable by people who have missed or broken a fast during Ramadan, without a valid reason. In such a situation, one is still obligated to make up the missed fast(s), however, compensation is due for missing it. To compensate, the person must either fast for 60 days or pay to have 60 people fed. This amounts to £300.
You can also make a Sadaqah contribution for Iftar even if no Fidya or Kaffarah is due.
May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon you during these blessed months!