ZAKAT, FITRA, FIDYA, KAFFARAH
Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. Muslims are required to give 2.5% of their annual savings to support the poor and needy in their community.
Fitra is charity given to the poor during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, so that those individuals may participate in festivities. Rahima Foundation collects Fitra throughout the month of Ramadan and distributes it among deserving families before the end of the month celebration (Eid). Fitra is determined each year by the scholars in each community. Please check with your local masjid what the fitra amount is per person.
Fidya is for people who are unable to fast during the holy month of Ramadan due to illness, old age, or travel. They are required to give a certain charitable amount of money or grains per day of missed fast. The fidya amount given for each missed fast is determined annually by scholars in each community. Please check with your local masjid what the fidya amount is per missed fast.
Kaffarah is for people who do not fast or intentionally break their fast without a valid reason. They must atone by either fasting for 60 consecutive days or by feeding 60 people two meals per missed day of fast. They may also choose to contribute the equivalent cost of the meals to a charitable organization. The kaffarah amount given for each missed fast during Ramadan is determined annually by scholars in each community. Please check with your local masjid what the kaffarah amount is per missed fast.