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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What age limit is an old man exempted from
fasting and praying?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.
There is no age limit by which a person is
exempted from fasting and praying.
However, an old man could be exempted
from fasting in two cases.

1- If he is no longer held accountable
because of loosing his
consciousness due to senility and
the like. In this case he does not
have to fast and he does not have
to expiate for this as he is no
longer held accountable for his
acts. The Prophet said: "The
pen is lifted (stopped from writing
the deeds) from three kinds of
people: a sleeping person until he
wakes up, a mentally-handicapped
or insane person till he can reason,
and a child till he reaches the age
of puberty." [An-Nasa'ee]
2- If he is unable to fast due to his old
age, then he is exempted from
fasting and he has to expiate for it,
which is to feed a poor person for
every day he broke the fast.
As regards performing the prayer, a person
is not exempted from it under any
circumstances as long as a person is
conscious. However, if a person fails to
fulfill one of its conditions, or a pillar from
its pillars, then he has to perform the prayer
according to his ability.
Allah Knows best.


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