Fidya is a payment to feed a poor person two meals for each fast missed. It is typically around £5 per day, providing someone living in poverty with two nutritious meals.
You may have missed or been exempt from fasting due to pregnancy, illness, old age or any other reason which prevents you from making the fasts up later.
“(The prescribed fast is for) a certain number of days. Whoever among you does not fast on those days because you are sick or on a journey, then (you should fast) the same number of days on other days. Those who are able to fast are also required to pay a fee (which is equivalent to the cost) of feeding a desperate person. ” [Al-Baqarah 2:184]
Your Fidya payment can make a huge difference to those who do not have enough to eat. Not only will your donation relieve their hunger, it will also provide them with energy and hope.
When you feed someone in need, you fulfil your obligations during this blessed month. Your support and commitment to worship can help those in the greatest of need and make a real difference to their lives.
Around the world, millions of people continue to struggle to find food to eat each day. The damaging effects of war and natural disaster have placed many families in desperate conditions. Without adequate food supply they are now suffering from malnutrition, weakness and illness. Pregnant women, children and the elderly are particularly at risk.
For people like this, fasting has no break. There is no delicious iftar to keep them going or refuel their bodies each evening. Their hunger goes on and on.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Whoever gives iftaar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest.” Tirimidhi