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Kaffarah | Kaffara | Expiation for breaking an Oath | كفارة اليمين


The legal requirement is to free a slave, or feed or clothe ten poor and needy Muslims. If you cannot afford to do so, you may then fast for three days.

The cooked meal served to a poor and needy Muslim, comprises:

  • 1 portion of rice (Bukhari / Mandi / Biryani);
  • 1/4 roast chicken (leg and thigh / breast and wing);
  • 1 small (handsized) box of dates;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water (min. 500ml).

Reference: Fataawa Islaamiyyah – Volume 3, Page 481

Shaykh Ibn Baaz said: …the kaffaarah should be offered in the form of food, not cash, because this is what it says in the Qur.aan and Sunnah. What must be offered is half a saa’[1] of the local staple food, whether it be dates, wheat or something else. That is equivalent to approximately one-and-a-half kilograms. If you give them lunch or dinner, or give them clothes which are suitable for praying in – namely a thobe or a lower and upper garment (izaar and ridaa) – that is sufficient.

[1] One Saa` is equal to four (4) Mudd, and one (1) Mudd is equal to the amount held by cupping the two hands together. It is a measure by volume not by weight.

Note: Price listed is per person.

Be sure to select the correct option – corresponding to the total number of poor and needy Muslims you wish to feed, then add the total number to the basket below to calculate the total cost:

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