What Should I Do if I Missed My Ramadan Fast When I Was Younger?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

I missed fasting for the whole month of Ramadan when I was younger. What do I have to do to make it up?

Answer

I pray you are well.

You just need to make the 29 or 30 fasts of the month. There is no need for an expiation to be performed according to the Hanafi school. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Try your best to never miss the golden opportunity of fasting in Ramadan again. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, told us that “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and expecting a reward will have all his past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari]—This alone is priceless, let alone the other gifts from Allah.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim
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.