Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I have years worth of missed fasts due to menstruation as I was unaware I had to make them up. I am unsure of what I should do. Do I pay fidya? I am poor and without income and will have to save up money to pay.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.
No, you do not have to pay any compensation (fidya). All that is obligatory upon you is to make up the fasts which you missed due to menstruation.
Make a safe, reasonable estimate of the number of fasts you missed, and then strive to make them up consistently, seeking Allah therein.
“Verily this religion is ease; and none make this religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.” [Bukhari]
And Allah alone gives success.
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani