What is Fidya and how much is Fidya for Ramadan?

As the holy month of Ramadan illuminates hearts and homes around the globe, it brings with it a period of fasting, reflection, and community. For those unable to fast due to health reasons or other valid excuses, Islam provides an alternative called Fidya. This practice is not just a religious obligation but a beautiful gesture of compassion and support towards those in need. 

What is Fidya?

It is a form of compensation for Muslims who cannot fast during Ramadan due to valid reasons like illness, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or old age. Instead of fasting, they have the option to feed a poor person for each day of fasting missed. This act is not seen as a way out of fasting but rather an opportunity to provide for those less fortunate, emphasizing Islam’s principles of empathy and community support.

How Much is Fidya for Ramadan?

The amount of Fidya is equivalent to the cost of feeding a person two meals in a day or providing them with the equivalent amount of money. While the exact amount can vary depending on the local cost of living, a general guideline is to consider the cost of a basic meal in your area. It’s essential to ensure that the amount is sufficient to cover a wholesome meal for someone in need.

Contributing Fidya Through the Muslim Food Bank

Fulfill your Fidya obligation conveniently and with peace of mind this Ramadan by contributing through Muslim Food Bank.  We let you calculate the exact amount of Fidya owed based on the prevailing market price of staples like dates or wheat.  Simply enter the number of missed fasts and your location, and the Fidya Calculator will provide a clear amount for your donation.  Contributing through the Muslim Food Bank ensures your Fidya reaches those in dire need of food assistance, both locally and around the world. 


Fidya represents a beautiful aspect of Ramadan, emphasizing compassion, empathy, and community support. For those unable to fast, it offers a way to remain connected to the spirit of the month while contributing positively to the community. Through Muslim Food Bank, fulfilling this obligation becomes easier and more impactful.  This Ramadan, let’s embrace the opportunity to support our local food banks and beyond, spreading kindness and generosity in every way we can. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who needs to pay Fidya?

A: It is obligatory for those who cannot fast and won’t be able to make up the fasts later, typically due to permanent illness or old age.  Pregnant women, travelers, and those with temporary illness should try to make up the fasts later.

Q: How is Fidya paid?

A: Traditionally, it involves providing enough food to feed a poor person for each missed day of fasting. It can also be paid in money equivalent to the cost of that food.  Charity organizations often offer options to calculate and donate Fidya.

Q: What is the difference between Fidya and Kaffarah?

A: It is for those who cannot fast due to reasons beyond their control. Kaffarah is a different type of expiation required in some situations where a fast is broken intentionally.

Q: When is Fidya not required?

  • You miss fasts due to a temporary illness and expect to recover soon.
  • You are traveling and will make up the fasts later.
  • You are menstruating or experiencing postnatal bleeding.

What are the benefits of paying Fidya?

A: It allows those who cannot fast to fulfill their obligation and contribute to helping the poor.




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