Fard al Kifayah

English: socially obligatory duties

Alternate spelling: Fard Kifaya

Definition: A collective duty of Muslims. The performance of these duties (for example funeral prayers) by some Muslims absolves the rest from discharging them. This term covers functions which the community fails to or cannot perform and hence are taken over by the state, such as the provision of utilities, or the building of roads, bridges and canals.