How Can Someone Too Old to Fast Can Make up Deliberately Missed Fasts During Ramadan?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

A lady who is old now and can’t fast anymore had not fasted for years when she was young. Also, when she started fasting, she didn’t make up for the days she couldn’t fast due to menstruation and now wants to make up for all those missed fasts.

How should she make up for those fasts given that she can’t fast anymore?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

If she is unable to fast, and this inability is chronic such that she is not expected to recover from it, she would need to pay the expiation (fidya).

The expiation is the monetary equivalent of approximately 2.2kg of wheat, the price of which you should confirm with your local mosque or Islamic centre, or a reliable scholar.

Further, she would need to repent for deliberately missing fasts during Ramadan. [see: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)]

Please also see: Brief Overview of Expiatory Payments (fidya) and: Too Sick to Fast in Ramadan, Too Poor to Pay the Expiatory Payment (Fidya)

And Allah alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani