A person is healthy, but is unable to fast for 60 days continuously does he have the option to feed instead

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A person is healthy, but is unable to fast for 60 days continuously; because of difficulty and inconvenience due to work etc. does he have any other option for kaffarah?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


Allah (SWA) says “…And for him who is unable to do so, he should feed sixty of destitute.” (Surah Mujadalah v.4)

The upshot of the verse is that a person who is unable to fast due to ill health or is too old to fast; he or she will be allowed to feed sixty destitute instead of fasting for sixty days consecutively.

Therefore, the conclusion we can come to is that it is not permissible for a healthy person to forgo the kaffarah of fasting and feed sixty destitute instead. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband p.456 v.6)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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