Ramadan 2023 is just around the corner, meaning Muslims across the globe will be partaking in a month-long fast. Despite this, not everyone is capable of fasting due to a multitude of reasons, meaning they’re required to express their dedication to Allah (SWT) via a compulsory charitable donation. This is otherwise known as Fidya.
Fidya is the determined value of feeding one hungry person for one meal. Individuals who are exempt from fasting must give Fidya in Ramadan in place of abstaining from food and drink. Those who fall under the following categories are exempt from observing the Sawm during Ramadan:
Since the Fidya amount is determined by how much it costs to provide someone with a meal, it changes year on year. Therefore, the Fidya amount will be confirmed closer to the beginning of Ramadan. Despite this, it’s likely to be around £5 per day, as this is thought to be the cost of feeding one person for one day. This is to be paid for every missed day of fasting; however, if you’re unable to fast for any of the days, the full month’s Fidya due will be £150.
Quite simply, Fidya is important in Islam as it’s commanded by Allah (SWT). The Qur’an states:
Fasting is for a fixed number of days, and if one of you be sick, or if one of you be on a journey, you will fast the same number of other days later on. For those who are capable of fasting (but still do not fast) there is a redemption: feeding a needy man for each day missed. Whoever voluntarily does more good than is required, will find it better for him; and that you should fast is better for you, if you only know.
No one can consider themselves a true Muslim if they don’t accept and follow the teachings of Allah (SWT) at all times, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
Giving your Fidya early means that your donation can be used during Ramadan to benefit those in need. Therefore, if you know that you won’t be able to observe the Sawm in the upcoming Ramadan, you should consider paying your Fidya early for three key reasons.
Firstly, paying your Fidya early allows you to help the millions of people that are in need as we speak. Here at UKIM, we encounter needy individuals on a daily basis, and we know how desperate they are for your aid today. Since it’s permitted to give your Fidya early, it’s nonsensical to delay your donation; your money could be used to help someone today.
Hunger is an ongoing problem across the globe, and we could use your Fidya donation to provide relief to starving individuals and feed them much more quickly. Millions of people worldwide have no means of accessing healthy, nutritious meals, and your Fidya could really stand between life and death.
Next, your Fidya could be used to fund someone’s Suhoor or Iftar this Ramadan. Although fasting is a concept that only applies to one month out of the year for many, millions of Muslims around the world are forced to fast on a daily basis. On top of this, they’re unable to nourish themselves once the sun has set with plenty of clean water and nutritious food. Instead, they have no choice but to starve, dehydrate, and, in extreme cases, die. In order to combat this tragic fate, why not donate your Fidya early to feed starving individuals globally this Ramadan?
Although many Muslims choose to delay paying their Fidya until Ramadan has commenced, with some even leaving it until the last 10 days and Laylat-ul-Qadr, a lot can be said about an early donation. Most Muslims will delay their donation until this time, as this is when they’re said to reap the most reward. Despite this, Allah (SWT) will recognise your selflessness in donating early and reward you accordingly.
Finally, donating your Fidya early allows you to reduce the financial burden, as paying the total amount in one go can be difficult for some. Instead, paying your Fidya in instalments ahead of Ramadan makes the entire payment much more manageable. Therefore, early payments not only benefit those in need but also aid you in regard to your personal finances.
Here at UKIM, we accept your Fidya payments all year round, allowing you to strengthen your bond with Allah (SWT) even if you’re unable to fast. We use your Fidya to assist those in need across the globe, so please, donate your Fidya today.
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