Q: My question is regarding the fidya for salah of my grandfather that passed away (May Allah forgive his sins and bless his soul). Our family (including aunts and uncles in Pakistan, USA and UK) decided to pay the fidya for his 29 years worth of salaahs that he didn’t pray but the problem we are having is about the calculation of wheat as which country’s wheat price should we consider. He got matured (the time when salah becomes farz) in Pakistan, lived in Africa for 10 years and also passed away there but his body was brought to Pakistan for burial.
1. Which country’s wheat price should we consider? Paksitan, USA (my family resides here) or Africa?
2. After considering the wheat price, how can we divide the payment of the fidya in all the family members? If the wheat price of America or UK is considered then the aunts in Pakistan will not be able to pay as it is too much after the conversion amount in rupees.
1. Any of the three countries.
2. If the deceased did not make a bequest that the fidyah should be paid from one third of the estate which remains after settling debts and liabilities, then it is not compulsory upon the family to pay fidyah for the deceased’s missed salaah. After the estate is distributed among the heirs, if any heir wishes to give some amount from his own wealth, without any coercion, he may do so.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)