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Ramadan 2021

This Ramadan, spark hope and bring joy to refugee children in need.

The month of Ramadan brings us countless blessings and opportunities to do good that benefits us and others. It is a month of mercy and light, when we feel togetherness, the sweetness of worship and a sense of hope.

For millions across the globe, this Ramadan comes at a time of great turmoil and uncertainty. The impact of the global Covid 19 Pandemic has worsened poverty and left the already vulnerable in an even more precarious state.

For refugees and other disadvantaged families across Lebanon and Jordan, Ramadan will be a difficult month. Food security, employment and access to healthcare are all in constant jeopardy. Carers are struggling to feed their children, and the elderly and persons with disabilities are unable to access basic services and help.

During this month your zakat and sadaqah will not only purify your wealth, but it will bring ease to a struggling family. It is often easy to forget refugees, but this is a month of mercy and your generosity will bring hope, comfort and let refugees know that they are not alone.

Your kindness will truly light up lives.

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“Eid Al Adha was the last time I ate meat. Thank you my Lord!”

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What is a Eid Gift?

Every year, for both Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha, UK Care for Children give gifts to the children under our care in Lebanon and Jordan.

These gifts are usually toys, books, clothes, and other misc items.

We give these gifts so that the children can take part in the joy and festivity of Eid celebrations, with the global Muslim community.

These gifts are not “essential” supplies – like food, medicine or shelter – they are just fun little items so that children can be children!

Do I have to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr (Fitrana)?

Zakat-ul-Fitr refers to the charity given at the end of Ramadan’s last day of fasting.

It is compulsory for every Muslim to give Zakat-ul-Fitr before Eid Prayers, regardless of age or wealth.

When do I have to pay Zakat-ul-Fitr?

You must pay Zakat-ul-Fitr before Eid Prayers.

We recommend that you pay your Zakat-ul-Fitr as soon as possible.

What is Fidya?

If you don’t fast for any of the days of Ramadan, you’ll be required to pay a charitable form of compensation.

You must pay fidya (fidyah) for fasts missed out of necessity (for example, because of ill health or pregnancy), that cannot be made up afterwards.

The price of fidya is the cost of feeding someone else for a day.

However, for any fasts missed unnecessarily, you’ll need to pay kaffarah.

Who is eligible for Fidya?

You are eligible to pay fidya if you have missed or are exempt from fasting due to pregnancy, illness, old age or any other reason which prevents you from making the fasts up later.

You are not eligible to pay fidya if you didn’t fast or broke your fast for invalid reasons.

When should I pay Fidya?

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


What is Kaffarah?

If you don’t fast for any of the days of Ramadan, without a valid reason, you’ll be required to pay a charitable form of compensation.

Unlike fidya, which is paid when you have a valid reason for not fasting, Kaffarah needs to be paid when you don’t fast, or break your fast, without a valid reason.

The price of Kaffarah is the cost of feeding 60 people for a day.

Why is Kaffarah more expensive than Fidya?

Fidya is paid for deliberately missing a fast with a valid reason to do so, however, kaffarah is only paid if you miss or break a fast without a valid reason.

The amount paid in fidya for each missed fast is equivalent to feeding one person.

However, when paying kaffarah, the payment for each missed fast is the equivalent of feeding 60 people.

When do have to pay Zakat?

Zakat should be paid once every lunar year.

Zakat is one of the core pillars of Islam and its reward, along with all other good acts, is multiplied during the blessed month of Ramadan.

As such, we recommend that you calculate and pay your Zakat every Ramadan.

You can use our Zakat Calculator to work out how much Zakat you need to pay.

How much Zakat do I have to pay?

Zakat is compulsory for all Muslims who have ‘surplus’ wealth beyond the Nisab (threshold).

“Surplus” wealth is money and assets that are, for all intents and purposes, sitting idle, for a full lunar year. The house you live in, the car you drive everyday, or the factory you own that is used for manufacturing, for example, are not “surplus” assets.

If your surplus wealth is more than the Nisab theshold, you must pay 2.5% of your surplus wealth as Zakat.

You can use our Zakat Calculator to work out how much Zakat you need to pay.

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