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Do I Need to Make up My Missed Obligatory Fasts or Is an Expiatory Payment a Valid Option?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalaamu-alaykum wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuhu, Due to personal circumstances I have been finding it difficult to make up my missed obligatory fasts from Ramadhan. Will expiatory payments (fidya) be a valid option for me? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, May Allah Most High grant you strength and facilitation. The […]

Making up Fasts Broken by Intercourse or Eating After Thinking the Fast Was Broken

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamu alaikum,  During Ramadan, a couple had sexual intercourse several times on several days while fasting.  They also missed several Ramadan fast intentionally without a valid reason.  Also a few times they thought that their fasting was broken due to bleeding and thus started eating.  The couple realizes that […]

Making Up Broken Fasts and Performing Sunna Fasts

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:  My questing are regarding intention and fasting. I have some expiation fasts that i must make up for breaking my fast without a valid reason, fasts that were accidentally broken, and broken vow fasts for promises i made that i did not keep.  Also, I want to fast the […]

Can a Healthy Person Skip Prayer and Fasting and Pay Expiation?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I belong to Hanafi madhab. I understand that a person can pay expiation for fasting days as well as prayers he missed. 1) Can a healthy person skip fasting and prayer by paying expiation? 2) Can a person’s sin for not praying and fasting be forgiven if his […]

Must I Fast 180 Days as Expiation for 3 Broken Fasts?

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 […]

How Many Expiations Are Required For Multiple Broken Fasts?

Answered by Ustadha Umm Ihsan Question: During Ramadhan I have broken 7 fasts in 2009 and 6 in 2010 intentionally (which i regret). I have heard I must make them up and also pay kaffara.  Is it ok to pay the kaffara by feeding 60 poor people for every fast I broke or do I […]

Brief Overview of Expiatory Payments (fidya)

Answered by Sidi Waseem Hussain Question: Can you explain the rules of expiatory payments (fidya) and who it applies to? Answer: Asslamu Alaykum Warahmatullah, The expiatory payment is a special form of charity given to a poor person where one has to pay for each day of missed fasts during Ramadan. For every day of […]

The Complete Guide to Fasting

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahimi The Fiqh Of Fasting In the Hanafi Madhhab by Ustadha Umm Ihsan Fasting the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. The Companion Abdullah ibn Umar ibn al-Khattab (Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) […]

When Is Expiation Required For A Fast?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question: A sister was not encouraged to fast when she was young. Does she have to make expiation for these missed fasts in addition to making them up? Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, She will only have to make up (qada) for the fasts […]

Is Expiation (kaffara) Necessary For Not Fasting in Ramadan?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Question: A Muslim, ignorant of his deen, and ignorant of the importance of fasting in Ramadhan did not fast, or make niyyah to fast at all in the month for many years. Then he returned to Islam, and made tawbah for his sins and he calculated he had missed […]