Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei made a substantial donation to a charity organization that collects money for the release of needy inmates who have committed crimes without intent.
The charity organization launches annual appeals in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to raise money for the release of deprived prisoners serving sentences for unintentional crimes.
The funds raised by the organization are used to pay Diyya (blood money) to the victim or heirs of the victim that the prisoners have harmed unintentionally.
In Islamic Sharia law, Diyya is the financial compensation paid to the victim or their next of kin in cases of murder, bodily harm or property damage. It is an alternative punishment to Qisas (equal retaliation).
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, marks the most special of all occasions for Muslims. It is a time for contemplation, devotion and remembrance of God. Tending to the welfare of the less fortunate members of the community and giving to the poor are among the important practices of the holy month.