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Poor Person and Fidya

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Q: If a woman is in a frail care centre. She has no family support and funding. She is bedridden and very ill. Her care is done with zakaat money through the year. Since she is unable to fast in ramadaan, is it compulsory for her to pay fidyah?

A: Since you cannot fast, you need to donate 1.6kg of wheat or its value to the poor as fidyah for each missed fast.  If you cannot afford this value, then you should make the intention that if you ever become capable of paying this value in the future, you will do so.

However, if your health ever permits you in the future to fast, then you will need to make up these fasts and cannot pay the above-mentioned fidyah. In such a case, you will need to fast even if you had paid the fidyah.

And Allah knows best
Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
Council of Ulama Eastern cape
+27 83 982 6968
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