• Fidyah

    Fidyah (Arabic: فدية; meaning “expiation”) is a means of compensation for a missed action or a violation of a Hajj-related law. It shouldn’t be regarded as a punishment, but a means of rectifying and renewing your commitment to the pilgrimage and the Sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ.

    Fidyah is obligatory when you have:

    1. Violated one of the prohibitions of Ihram, such as applying perfume or cutting the hair.
    2. Failed to perform a Wajib act of Hajj, such as failing to enter into Ihram from the Miqat.
    3. 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:

    1. Badanah – Offering a large sacrificial animal such as a camel or cow (the size of which normally constitutes seven parts).
    2. 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).
    3. 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.


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