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Cannot keep fast because of medical reason

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Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

I am finding it very difficult to keep fast because i have stomach ulcer and i have to take medication because of my ulcer pain. I had a ulcer operation 6 years ago and since then i have been told by my the doctor not to make myself hungry or have an empty stomach.

I have tried keeping fast every year but after first few days i get the pain and i cannot carry on keeping any more fast.

Can i pay fitra or fida for my missing fasts and if no then please advice me on what i can do inorder to repay my fast.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Kind.

If one has an incurable sickness which prevents him from fasting, he may give fidya i.e. 2.5 kilos of wheat or its price, in charity for each missed day.

However, if one has a sickness that may be cured, he may not give fidya, but must rather wait until he recovers then make up those fasting days.

A sickness is regarded as incurable only if:

1- a skilled Muslim doctor informs one of such or

2- if the person has come to know this through his own experience (e.g. if the sickness recurs).

Shaista Maqbool

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