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Missed Many Days Of Ramadan And Has Become Unable To Make Up For Them

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question:

My mother used to not fully fast
Ramadan before, but just a few
weeks ago Al-Hamdulillaah, she
decided to start fasting for the
coming Ramadan. But we just
found out that she is sick and
she might need to live on
medication for the rest of her
life. And she might not be able
to fast, due to the possibility of
endangering her health if not
taking the medication on time.
What should she do then for
the days she doesn't fast? Is it
ok not to fast in her situation?
Would god forgive her for not
fasting before when she asks
forgiveness?

Fatwa:
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 may Allah exalt his
mention is His slave and
Messenger.

Your mother is obliged to do
many things:
1- She is obliged to repent if
she deliberately broke the fast
without any sound religious
reason. To deliberately break
the fast in Ramadan is a great
major sin which requires
repentance.
2- She is obliged to make up
for any days she failed to
observe the fasting and pay a
compensation for each day. The
compensation (for feeding a
person) is 750 grams of food for
each day she broke the fast if
she delayed making up the days
she broke the fast while being
able to make them up from
previous year to the year after
it; and this is what appears
from the question.
3- If a trustworthy doctor
rules that she became unable to
fast due to this disease and that
this condition of being unable
will continue and she is not
expected to be cured from it,
then she will not be obliged to
make up the numbers of days
she broke the fast but she is
obliged to give another
compensation instead of making
up the days she broke the fast -
according to the number of
days she broke the fast. Imaam
An-Nawawi stated the same
thing for a person who dies and
did not observe fasting, as he
said: 'If a person delays making up
the days he broke the fast while being
able until he dies after the
commencement of Ramadan before he
makes them up, his heirs are obliged to
give a compensation on his behalf.
There are two well-known opinions on
this issue. The most correct opinion
according to the Shaafi'ee school is that
his heirs are obliged to give
compensation twice; 750 grams of food
for breaking the fast and another 750
grams for delaying to make up the
fasting in due time. Al-Maawardi
said: "This is the view of ash-Shaafi'i
and the opinion of all the
scholars of the Shaafi'i school
with the exception of Ibn Surayj .'
4- Now she is like a very old
person, she is not obliged to
fast but she is only obliged to
pay compensation according to
what we have already explained.

As regards your question to
whether or not she is able to
fast on this condition, the
answer is that if a trustworthy
doctor informs her that her life
will be in danger if she does so,
then it is not permissible for
her to fast.

As to whether Allah will forgive
her or not if she repents and
seeks His Forgiveness, then this
is a matter that only Allah
Knows but she should know that
Allah forgives all the sins. Allah
says (what means): {Say, "O My
servants who have transgressed against
themselves [by sinning] do not despair
of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah
forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is
the Forgiving, the Merciful." } [Quran
39:53].
Allah knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/140273/missed-many-days-of-ramadan-and-has-become-unable-to-make-up-for-them

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