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This Ramadhan, Benefit Mankind is working to fight hunger and the causes of hunger in 12 countries. We’re there, in these countries enduring malnutrition, drought, displacement due to war, helping families in their most vulnerable time of need. Our Ramadhan projects combat drought, health crises and water contamination, and also boost livelihoods, supporting orphans, empowerment, protecting the vulnerable, and making education more accessible.

“Ramadhan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah SWT covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah SWT looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah SWT goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah SWT, the Mighty, the Exalted.” (Tabarani)

Food Aid
The 12 countries we are delivering food are: Jordan, Palestine, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, Malawi and Sierra Leone.

Most Needy 
The donations received will be discharged to the most needy projects in 12 countries, we will support education, medical needs, shelter, empowerment and war-torn countries with your support.

Water Sanitation
For £150 you will be providing a water hand pump in Pakistan, if you leave a personalised message we will send you a report towards the end of the year showing the difference you have made. Kindly allow 3-6 months for completion.

Orphan Sponsorship
We have now started allowing orphan sponsorship programs in Sri Lanka and Indonesia for £365, so for £1 a day you are sponsoring a child and providing education, medical aid, shelter, food aid and most importantly love and care. To sponsor a child visit www.benefitmankind.co.uk/orphan – This option will be available for a limited time only.

Empowerment
Explore all our sustainable, transformative projects below, and reap the bountiful mercy, blessings and forgiveness of Ramadhan. Empowerment projects you donate towards will be delivered in Indonesia, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Malawi and many other countries.

Shelter Home
This year we are focusing on building shelter homes in Indonesia, after years of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, many families have been living in temporary accommodation and makeshift homes which leak and cause health issues. We have requests of over 200 homes which we aim to fulfil this Ramadhan InshaAllah. If you donate a full home, you will receive personalised feedback from Indonesia, do leave a personalised message for the plaques when donating.

Orphan Gifts
Help us deliver gifts to orphans this Eid, £10 will provide priceless smiles and happiness to these beautiful children who have missed out during life.

Fidyah – £4 Fidyah for each missed fast*

Kaffarah – £4 per person x 60 fasts = £240*

Fitrana – £4 per person*
*Kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought

DETAILED FAQ

Fidyah is a religious donation to help those in need. It is only paid when someone is unable to fast during Ramadhan due to medical conditions / pregnancy or any other valid reasons such as a prolonged illness and will therefore not be able to make up for the fast. In Ramadhan, the Fidyah must be paid for each fast missed

You’re supposed to pay it before you miss a fast, or before Ramadhan if you know you can’t participate for the whole month.

The fidyah amount to be paid for each missed fast is £4. Therefore, if you are unable to fast for the full duration of Ramadan, then the total fidyah you must pay is [30 x £4]. If Ramadhan is 30 days, then the full fidyah due would be £120. However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Fasting during Ramadhan is an obligation on all able Muslims and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims must pay kaffarah or fidyah when missing this fundamental aspects of Islam, with a valid reason or not. Charity, as well as compulsory payments like these, emphasise just what an important aspect of Islam the holy month of Ramadhan is.

Kaffarah is paid for fasts missed deliberately in Ramadhan, however if you have a valid reason, then you must pay fidyah. The kaffarah penalty is much higher than that of fidyah and should be avoided where possible.

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 £240 kaffarah for each missed/intentionally broken fast (at a rate of £4 per person – the cost of an average meal in the UK). However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Kaffarah can be paid at any time throughout the year if an individual has missed any fasts during the holy month of Ramadan unnecessarily. They are required to pay kaffarah which is an obligatory penalty.

Fasting during Ramadan is an obligation on all able Muslims and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Muslims must pay kaffarah or fidyah when missing this fundamental aspect of Islam, with a valid reason or not. Charity, as well as compulsory payments like these, emphasise just what an important aspect of Islam the holy month of Ramadan is.

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) is incumbent on every Muslim who possesses one saa’* of food which is not needed as a basic necessity for themselves self or their family for the duration of one day and night.

*The quantity is described the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd.  A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) ordained Zakat ul Fitr to purify the fasting person from indecent words or actions, and to provide food for the needy. It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah]

At the time of the Prophet (SAW) Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) would be given as one saa’. The quantity is described the Prophet (SAW) as one saa’ of food. One saa’ is equivalent to four madd. A madd is the amount that can be scooped up when one puts their hands together.

If we translate this into a monetary value based on the price of a staple food such as flour or rice, it is approximately £4. Therefore, the amount due for each person is £4. However kindly consult your local scholar as prices may vary depending on your school of thought.

Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) must be paid within the month of Ramadan. The latest it can be paid is before the Eid prayer begins so that those in need can benefit in time for Eid.

Ibn Abbas RA narrates: “It is accepted as Zakat for the person who gives it before the Eid prayer; but it is a mere Sadaqah for the one who gives it after the prayer.” [Abu Dawud]

Any Muslim who has food in excess of their needs must pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). Unlike Zakat, it is a duty on everyone in your household. Therefore, the head of the household, or parents and guardians, can pay on behalf of other members of the family.

It is compulsory for every member of a household including children and babies to pay Zakat ul Fitr (Fitrana). However, parents/guardians may pay on behalf of their children/dependents.

The majority of scholars hold the opinion that only the first two categories of the recipients of Zakat can receive Fitrana.

One of the conditions of Fitrana (Zakat ul Fitr) is that it must be paid before the Eid prayer. If paid after it will be treated as Sadaqah, therefore the reward will be lesser.