Fasting while sick


Salaamuayelaikum WRWB,

Bismillahir Rahman nir Raheem

Please advise as we have numerous different opinions on this matter. If somebody has been sick and it is obvious by looking at them that they are struggling with their fast, i.e. they are very pale, red eyes and have been sick numerous times, should they continue to fast, or have they broken their fast already by being sick? One of the new Muslims, this is her first Ramadan, she was very sick yesterday, she continued to fast under the advise that she had not broken her fast by being sick. I thought being sick breaks the fast and she will have to make up her fast. There are so many different opinions that, Alhamdolilah, I feel very grateful that I can ask you. We will follow your opinion and the opinion of our Shaykh inshAllah.


A`udhu billahi min ash-shaytan ir-rajeem
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem

Allah says in Qur’an which means:

“(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later.” Al-Baqarah 2:184

Anyone who is sick or very ill may break the fast, but they must make it up before the next Ramadan comes.

Abdul Shakur

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