How Does One Pay Expiation (Kaffara) of Oaths and Vows Living in a Rich Country?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


How can expiation (kaffara) for breaking an oath or vow be fulfilled in a wealthy country? Is it acceptable to donate to organizations claiming to distribute to the poor on your behalf, and how can one ensure the expiation is completed?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

You can send it to your ancestral country, where you can give it to a family member, friend, etc., to give to a poor person. However, below are some reputable charities in the United Kingdom where you can donate your money.

One should be careful about which Islamic organizations one gives one’s zakat or expiation money, as many, especially more ‘modern’ type ones, are not at all careful about not mixing different types of donations and taking many unacceptable fatwas, especially for zakat.

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani 

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.