Kaffarah – Deliberate breaking fasts during Ramadan?

If you deliberately miss any fasts during the Divinely directed month of Ramadan, you must pay Kaffarah as compensation. Pay your Kaffarah with Muslim Aid so that your dedication to Islam might now feed sixty people, instead of abstaining from eating or drinking for a day.

What is Kaffarah?

Kaffarah means “what is paid to redress an imbalance or to compensate for commissioning a sinful act, i.e. a kind of punishment or penalty”.

Deliberate breaking of fasts during Ramadan

This is expiation due for deliberate breaking of the obligatory fasts in the month of Ramadan due to sexual relations with one’s spouse whilst fasting, in this case the expiation is severe: to free a slave. If that is not possible, then one must fast for two consecutive months; if he is not able to do that, then he must feed sixty poor people.

“It makes no difference whether ejaculation occurred or not, so long as intercourse took place. If ejaculation occurred without intercourse no expiation is required, but one still incurs sin and must refrain from eating and drinking for the rest of the day, and must make up that fast.”

Crisis Aid can pay your Kafarrah on your behalf at the cost of £3 per person. For example to feed 60 people that will be £180.

Breaking fasts or making fasts invalid


Fast broken: £180 to feed 60 people
Breaking An oath

Kafaarat Yameen

Feed 10 people that will cost £30
It is making an oath by Allah intentionally whilst you know it is untrue.

What is Kafaarat Yameen?

Breaking of an oath (Kafaarat Yameen). Oath is only permissible if it has been taken with Allah's name. Taking oath with other than Allah is not permissible.

Allah mentions this in the verse (interpretation of the meaning):

Allah will not punish you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He will punish you for your deliberate oaths; for its expiation (a deliberate oath) feed ten Masaakeen (poor persons), on a scale of the average of that with which you feed your own families, or clothe them or manumit a slave. But whosoever cannot afford (that), then he should fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths when you have sworn. And protect your oaths (i.e. do not swear much). Thus Allah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful.” [al-Maa’idah 5:89]

 Feeding 10 poor people with the same food that he feeds his family, by giving each person half a saa’ of the usual local staple, such as rice. This is equivalent to approximately 1.5kg. If rice is usually eaten with some kind of sauce then along with the rice he should give them some sauce or meat. If he gathers together 10 poor people and offers them lunch or dinner, this is sufficient.

Crisis Aid can do this on your behalf at the cost of £3 per person. For example to feed 10 people that will cost £30.

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