SADAQAH AND ZAKAT
Ramadhan is an auspicious month of spiritual joy and blessings. It is also a key month in which we should go even further to help those most in need. With countless numbers suffering from malnourishment or malnutrition on a daily basis, it is our basic humanitarian duty to assist by providing food, especially during this precious month when the rewards of giving are multiplied. Providing food for those in need should be seen as a privilege and a blessing.
Zakat ul Fitr is due on every member of a household, including any children or elderly persons, and is obligatory to pay before the day of Eid.
If you don’t fast for any of the days of Ramadhan, you’ll be required to pay a charitable form of compensation. You must pay fidya (fidyah) for fasts missed out of necessity, that cannot be made up afterwards.
However, for any fasts missed unnecessarily, you’ll need to pay kaffarah.
When someone cannot fast in Ramadhan and can’t make up the lost days afterwards (for example, because of ill health or pregnancy), then they should pay (fidya) for someone else to be fed.
£3 fidya for each missed fast. This should provide one person with one meal. However, if someone misses all the fasts of Ramadhan, they would need to pay £90.
You must pay a charitable compensation if you miss any fasts during Ramadhan. You must pay kaffarah for fasts missed unnecessarily. However, for any fasts missed out of necessity, and that cannot be made up afterwards, fidya (fidyah) must be paid.
To atone for the missed/intentionally broken fast, a person must fast continuously for 60 days. If they are unable to do that, then they have to feed 60 poor people. This amounts to £180 for each missed/intentionally broken fast (at a rate of £3 per person, which is the cost of an average meal in Tanzania).
The blessed month of Ramadan has started – may Allah (SWT) bestow His mercy and blessings upon you and your families.
This Ramadhan, MWT will be working on Special Ramadhan Programs that you can support. Whether you would like to pay Zakat, Sadaqah, Fidya, or Kafarah – your Ramadhan donations will help us distribute food packs to impoverished families, and provide Sahar and Iftar for orphaned children, and children at Madrasah.
Since MWT was established, every Ramadhan we have been distributing food packs (up to 40 kilograms) to impoverished families across Africa and Asia. These food packs can feed an entire family for a whole month. We make every effort to make sure the food packs are locally sourced. Local sourcing means these food packs not only help families during Ramadhan – but also provide sustainable means of living when Ramadhan is over. On average, subject to differing local market rates, the estimated cost of a Ramadhan Food Pack is £45. Each pack feeds one family for one month.
The holy month of Ramadhan is blessed – it brings families and loved ones together. Ramadhan is not the same without our families – but unfortunately, this is not a privilege enjoyed by everyone. This is why we are steadfast in providing Suhur and Iftar for orphaned children and children at Madrasah. For the past thirteen years, we have made sure that, especially during Ramadhan, no child is left to go hungry.
Our work and appeals do not come to an end with the sighting of the moon – with your support, we can improve lives on a daily basis. Islamic Aid is a strong supporter of development in education, healthcare, practical skills and means to earn a living. Whether it’s a Goat Bank, training teachers, ‘Fair Trade‘, or Community Organisations, have a look and see how your Ramadhan donation could support the less fortunate.
Ramadhan, for many of us, is a few hours of feeling the pangs of hunger, but for over 30,000 children and 20,000 adults around the world – hunger is a daily fact.
Please do donate generously during this blessed month.
“Whoever relieves his brother of a hardship from the hardships of this world, Allah shall relieve him of a hardship from the hardships of the Day of Judgement. And whoever makes things easy for a person in difficulty, Allah will ease for him in this world and the Next. Allah is forever aiding a slave so long as he is in the aid of his brother.” – the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
May Allah (Swt) bestow His kindness upon you and reward you for helping to relieve the hardship of our brothers and sisters.
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