Category: Fasting
Fatwa#: 38403
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: May 28,2017

Title: RAMADHAAN FAQs [PART 1]

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RAMADHAAN FAQs [PART 1]

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RAMADHAAN FAQs [PART 1]

Q: To whom does the Ayat of fasting apply?

A: Fasting is an act of worship (ibadat). It is one of the Fundamental Principles (Pillars) of Islam. Allah says: “Oh you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed to those before you that you may attain Taqwa (God-Fearing).”

Q: Does a minor child have to fast?

A: Fasting is not obligatory on a minor. A minor is he who is not physically matured (Baaligh); in the case of a male and in the case of a female, she has not attained puberty. However, if by the age of 15 lunar years, the male or female did not become baaligh, they will be regarded as adults and have to fast and fulfil all obligations of Shariah.

Q: Does a sick person have to fast?

A: A sick person is exempted from fasting altogether if there is a genuine reason to believe that the current illness will intensify by fasting or that he will suffer another illness on result of fasting or that his recovery will be prolonged due to fasting.

Q: Can a traveller omit fasting?

A: A Shar’ī musāfir (traveller) who embarked on his journey prior to dawn is permitted to omit the fast of that day.  As long as he is a Shar’ī musāfir, he may omit fasting.

Q: What about travelling during the day?

A: If a person embarked on a journey during the day after Subh Sadiq, he/she will have to fast that day.

Q: Will the application of eye drops break the fast?

A: Using eye drops will not break the fast.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai 

 

 

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