Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: 1. I broke 2-3 fasts without any valid reason during the month of Ramadan at about age 17 in ignorance. Do i have to have 180 fasts continuously as expiation?
2. For about 2-3 Ramadans I served dates to those who fast in the Masjid and the residue stuck to my palms. While made wudu before Iftar I used to unintentionally get the taste of dates in my mouth from the residue on my hand ? Did that invalidate my fast. If yes, will I have to make up fasts for all 2-3 Ramadans and fast 60 days for every invalidated fast?
3. If i have to have 60 fasts for each broken fast without valid reason, will i have to have to fast continuously or are the breaks allowed in between.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.
 You only need to perform a single expiation. This is 60 successive days of fasting which don’t contain Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, nor Eid al-Adha and the three days after it. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]
 No, such tasting would not invalidate your fast. Thus you do not need to make up these fasts.
 In summary, you will need to perform a single expiation and make up every fast you broke. It would be best to make up such broken fasts as soon as reasonably possible.
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani
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