Fidyah is obligatory when you have:
- Violated one of the prohibitions of Ihram, such as applying perfume or cutting the hair.
- Failed to perform a Wajib act of Hajj, such as failing to enter into Ihram from the Miqat.
- Transgressed the sanctity of the Haram, such as killing an animal within its boundaries.
There are three categories of penalty, depending on the nature of the transgression:
- Badanah – Offering a large sacrificial animal such as a camel or cow (the size of which normally constitutes seven parts).
- Damm – Offering a small sacrificial animal such as a sheep or a goat (or the cost of one-seventh of a large animal if sharing).
- Sadaqah – Offering charity to the poor and needy.
How to Arrange Fidyah
Coupons can be purchased from kiosks in Makkah and Mina or from al-Rajhi Bank located in Makkah Hilton Towers.
Fidyah Rules and Regulations
- Fidyah is not to be used intentionally to replace an obligatory rite of Hajj
- It’s not obligatory to pay the penalty immediately although it should be completed as soon as possible.
- It must be fulfilled before death.
- It doesn’t necessarily have to be carried out in the days of Tashreeq (between the 10th and 12th of Dhul Hijjah) if you’re performing Hajj.
- The animal sacrifice must be performed within the boundaries of the Haram.
- The animal must be of the correct age and free from any physical defects.
- Someone else may pay for the Fidyah on your behalf, granted you have given permission.
- The meat must go to the poor. You cannot eat the meat yourself, nor should it be distributed to the rich.