Zihar

Fatwa ID: 02263

Answered by Molana Maruf Ahmed

Question:

Respectable Sir, kindly guide me, suppose a person had done zihar….now want to do kafarrah…….the problem with fasting is that two months is hell of a time and he had no experience of fasting for such long period…..moreover person is suffering from a mild infection of liver for a very long time and two month fasting may increase the problem……..is he allowed to take the last option .i.e to provide meal to masakin…….kindly note the person is young and performing fasts in ramzan regularly…….kindly guide

Answer:

Bismillah

The compensation for Zihar is to fast for sixty consecutive days. If the person is genuinely unable to fast for sixty consecutive days (e.g. upright doctors advise that fasting for sixty consecutive days will affect his liver infection), then he may do one of the following as an alternative:

  • Feed sixty poor people to the fill for one day (two meals)
  • Feed one poor person for 60 days (two meals a day)
  • Give sixty people 1.6 kg of wheat of its value in cash or food
  • Give to one poor person 1.6 kg of wheat, rice or grains of its value in cash for 60 days.

(Summarised from Ibn Abideen, Radd al-Muhtar: vol. 3 pg. 478, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut)

Only Allah knows best.

Molana Maruf Ahmed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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