Kaffarah is a charitable compensation made by Muslims for intentionally breaking any fasts during the holy month of Ramadan, without a valid reason.

To atone for the intentionally broken fast, you must fast continuously for 60 days. However, if you are unable to do that, then you have to feed 60 poor people at a rate of £4 per person (the cost of an average meal in the UK). As a result, this amounts to £180 for each missed/intentionally broken fast.

Kaffarah is an Arabic term that translates to “what is paid to redress an imbalance or to compensate for commissioning a sinful act, i.e., a kind of punishment or penalty”.

For those wondering “when is Kaffarah necessary?”, you might be surprised to learn the answer. Contrary to popular belief, Kaffarah doesn’t apply solely to missing fasts and, in fact, should be paid to compensate for any sin during Ramadan.

The hours between sunrise and sunset mark the time in which Muslims should abstain from eating and drinking during Ramadan. The month ends with Eid ul-Fitr, which is a festive celebration.