This type of Sadaqah is binding in nature and must be paid during a specific time period, based on certain circumstances.


Fidyah is donated when one cannot fast in Ramadan due to an illness and is not expected to ever regain the ability to make up for the missed fasts. They are then required to pay for someone else to be fed, this is known as fidyah.


Qurbani is a religious sacrifice of sheep, cattle, or goats which is made after Eid al Adha prayers, between the 10th and 12th days of Dhul Hijah. It is Wajib upon all mature Muslims who, on the day of ‘Eid al-Adha, possess nisab. Furthermore, it is recommended for parents to donate it on behalf of their young children if they have the means to do so.

Ideally, the meat from Qurbani should be divided into three equal parts – one for the home, one for relatives and friends, and one for the poor. Due to the relative lack of poverty in Western countries, many Muslims prefer to have their Qurbani performed in poorer countries.


Zakat al-fitr, also commonly known as ‘Fitrana’, is the compulsory charity paid by every Muslim at the end of Ramadan. It is a way for Muslims to give thanks that they were able to complete the month of fasting.


If one breaks their fast for no valid legal (shari’) reason during the month of Ramadan, they must expiate by fasting for 60 continuous days. If unable to do so then they must:

a) Feed sixty poor people to their fill for two meals, or

b) Feed one poor person to his fill for two meals a day for sixty days, or

c) Give sixty poor people 2 kilos (approx) of wheat (or similar food grains) or its monetary value, or

d) Give sixty poor people 4 kilos (approx) of dates (or similar foods) or its monetary value, or

e) Give one poor person either c or d for sixty days.