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Ignorance and Missed Fasts

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Q: I have been negligent for paying in my fasts on time. I’ve had a miscariage, been pregnant twice and breastfed. I knew at that time that pregnant women don’t need to fast but I didn’t know that I had to repay it. Now many years later I’m sitting with this burden. I paid fidyah couple of years back but I think that according to hanafis I need to repay my days. What happens if next ramadaan comes and I’m not done fasting yet. Can I continue fasting next ramadaan and so on?

A. Firstly you need to repent for being negligent in this regard, for it is sinful to delay Qadhaa fasts without a valid reason. May Allah Ta’aala accept your Taubah, Aameen.

Fidyah will not compensate for the missed fasts. You will have to keep Qadhaa of the missed fasts. If the next Ramadhaan comes and all the Qadhaa have not yet been fulfilled, you will observe the fast of Ramadhaan and after Eid, continue with the Qadhaa of your missed fasts.

May you be granted an accepted Haj, Aameen

Moulana Yusuf Laher
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