Do I Need to Make-Up My Ramadan Fasts Missed Due to Menses?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


I have not made up my previous Ramadan fasts and missed them due to menses for three years. I know I have to make them up but do I have to pay the expiation?


No, the expiation (kaffara) is only done if someone deliberately breaks their fast, and the only time anyone would pay something for not fasting is if they reach a state where they won’t be able to fast again.

You should make them up when you can next do it conveniently. Some people wait until winter when the days are shorter.

Don’t Underestimate the Good

If you’re struggling with motivation, reflect on the words of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace)” Don’t consider anything of the good to be insignificant-not even meeting your brother with a cheerful expression.” [Bukhari]

Whatever good you do, it will have everlasting rewards. Remember this.

The effort is limited, but the rewards from Allah are unlimited. Bear this in mind and make them up at a pace that is comfortable for you. May Allah make it easy for you.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.