Pay your Fidya or Kaffarah

If you miss or break any fasts during Ramadan 2019 you may need to pay either Fidya or Kaffarah 

For fasts missed through ill health or pregnancy, which cannot be made up afterwards for legitimate reasons, Fidya is payable. 
If fasts are broken without allowable reasons, and the compensatory two months of fasting is not possible, then Kaffarah is payable. 

Fidya Kafarah

Pay Fidya

When a fast is missed through necessity, such as being ill or pregnant, and it cannot be made up after Ramadan, Fidya is payable.
The requirement is to provide one person with two meals, for each day that a fast is missed. 
It costs £2 per meal, so for a single missed fast the amount payable is £4. 
If fasting is not possible for the whole month of Ramadan, the total is £120.

Pay Kaffarah

When a fast is deliberately broken without a valid reason, and the person cannot fast at a later time for 60 continuous days, Kaffarah is due. 
The requirement is to provide one person with two meals a day, for two months.
It costs £2 per meal, so the total due is £240.

Breaking Fast Ramadan

Missing or breaking fast during Ramadan means that you may need to pay Fidyah or Kaffarah. You can read the sections below to find examples of when you need to pay Fidya for not fasting when you have a good reason, and when you need to pay Kaffarah for breaking fast intentionally.


There are more situations that could go under each list, but they has been written with a few common examples as a simple guide which might be able to help you to see if you need to pay Fidyah or Kaffarah for breaking fasts this Ramadan.

Examples of when to Pay Kaffarah

You will need to pay Kaffarah for breaking fasts or making fasts invalid, when there is no good reason, and you cannot fast at a later time for 60 continuous days.


You will need to pay Kaffarah for breaking fast, as well as making up for that missed fast at a later date. Some examples of when you need to pay Kaffarah for breaking fast or making it invalid are as follows:


Intentionally eating food or drinking water

Masturbation or sexual intercourse during fasting

Intentionally making yourself throw up

Planning or intending to deliberately miss fasts

Deliberately hurting yourself or any other person or animal


If any of the above examples apply to you, and you cannot fast at a later time for 60 days in a row, you will need to pay Kaffarah. Kaffarah for breaking fasts means you need to provide one person in need with two meals a day, for two months, costing £240 in total.

Examples of when to Pay Fidya

You will need to pay Fidyah for not fasting when you have good reasons for breaking your fast, and you cannot make up the fast at a later date, such as in the following cases:


Pregnant women who are unable to fast

People with chronic illnesses, including mental illnesses

People who experience short-term illness over the month of Ramadan

People who need to continue taking their medication

Elderly people who cannot fast


If you need to pay Fidya for not fasting due to any of these reasons, you can pay your Fidya with Penny Appeal for £4 per fast missed, which provides two nutritious meals to those less fortunate.


Where will my Fidya and Kaffarah go?


Your Fidya and Kaffarah will go directly to those who need it most, through our Feed Our World appeal. We feed the poor in 30 crisis-hit countries around the world. The people in these countries are victims through no fault of their own, either of war, drought, famine & displacement, natural disasters or poverty.


Just £1 of your Fidya or Kaffarah can provide a nutritious meal to someone who would otherwise go without.



10 Years of Fidya and Kaffarah


We’re celebrating 10 Amazing Years of Penny Appeal in 2019 – that means 10 Years of giving your Fidyah and Kaffarah payments to those who need it most.


Alhamdulillah, our charitable obligation has provided thousands of people with nutritious, life-saving food over the last 10 years of Penny Appeal. Ramadan is a time for giving, and we want to thank you for giving so much over the last 10 years to help feed our world.


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Penny Appeal delivers life-transforming aid to those in desperate need in over 30 crisis-hit countries worldwide.

By working with experienced delivery partners and major UK Muslim charities, we deliver nutritious, life-saving meals to some of the world's poorest and most needy people.

We also combat poverty in many other ways, such as by caring for orphans, building wells, helping orphans become Hafiz of the Holy Qur'an, looking after the elderly and delivering emergency aid.



Penny Appeal delivers life-transforming aid to those in desperate need in over 30 crisis-hit countries worldwide.
By working with experienced delivery partners and major UK Muslim charities, we deliver nutritious, life-saving meals to some of the world's poorest and most needy people.

We also combat poverty in many other ways, such as by caring for orphans, building wells, helping orphans become Hafiz of the Holy Qur'an, looking after the elderly and delivering emergency aid.

We feed in over 30 crisis-hit countires worldwide: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Ethipio, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, India, Iraq, Kashmir... Click to read more