Kaffarah for fasting

Q: Can you please clarify the following. If some one did not fast at all in ramdhan without any valid reason, do they have to give kaffara for all the fasts, which would be 60×30(1800 rozas), which means they have to fast continuesly for at least 5 years? If they did that for five Ramdhans that means they have to fast for at least 25 years nonstop. How is it possible for anyone to be able to do that or even feed that many poor people? I am asking this because in my teenage years, after becoming baligh, I did not fast. I am very ashamed of that and I am now doing all the qazas of those years and I have nearly completed all my fasts. But I’m very worried about the kaffara, because I know I will never be able to fast nonstop for 25 years nor will I be able to feed so many poor people. I will however, be able to give 1.5kg wheat for each fast or equal amount of money. So is it possible for me to do that? Please give clear answer.

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A: Only qadha is compulsory. Kaffara is not compulsory. 

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( لمسافر ) سفرا شرعيا ولو بمعصية ( أو حامل أو مرضع ) أما كانت أو ظئرا على الظاهر ( خافت بغلبة الظن على نفسها أو ولدها ) … ( الفطر ) يوم العذر إلا السفر كما سيجيء ( وقضوا ) لزوما ( ما قدروا بلا فدية و ) بلا ( ولاء ) لأنه على التراخي

و قال في رد المحتار : قوله ( وقضوا ) أي من تقدم حتى الحامل والمرضع ، قوله ( بلا فدية ) أشار إلى خلاف الإمام الشافعي رحمه الله تعالى حيث قال بوجوب القضاء والفدية لكل يوم مد حنطة كما في البدائع (رد المحتار 2/421-423)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)