How should I keep Qadha fasts of Ramadhan

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Fatwa ID: 01588

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

Mufti sahb my two fasts were missed in this month of Ramzaan due to high grade illness. How should I keep these fasts so that my fasts become completed either should I keep two fasts consecutively or whenever I feel easy? Will I get the same reward as it would be in the month of Ramzaan?

Answer:

Bismillah

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

If a person is seriously ill, the Shariah permits such a person not to fast during the month of Ramadhan however; he will need to do qadha of the fast afterwards. (Ahsanul Fatawa p.432 v.4)

It is not necessary to keep the qadha fasts in order. One can keep it whenever he wishes. It is obligatory to keep a qadha fast for every single broken fast. (Ilmul Fiqh p.29 v.3)

Finally, the Qadha fasts one keeps outside the month of Ramadhan would not be similar in terms of reward and virtues if one had kept them in the month of Ramadhan itself.

Saaiduna Abu Hurairah raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, "Whosoever eats on one day of Ramadan without a valid reason or excuse or genuine illness (acceptable in Shariah), shall never be able to compensate for that day every by fasting the rest of his life.” (Sunan Tirmizi, Sunan Abu Dawuud & Sunan Ibn Majah)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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