5 People Who are Exempt from Fasting

If you’re Muslim, you’re probably used to fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. However, there are people who are exempt from fasting, and it’s important to know if you’re one of them so that you don’t accidentally break your fast and ruin your religious observance. This article will tell you about all the different people who are exempted from fasting in Islam so that you can enjoy an easy and rewarding Ramadan exp erience this year. For more information on fasting during Ramadan, visit our fasting page.

1. The Elderly Exempt From Fasting

Older people Exempt From Fasting


If you’re over 65, you don’t have to fast during Ramadan. This applies to men and women alike. (Fasting can be hard on your body as you age.) However, if you’re physically able to do so, it is recommended that older people who are able should still observe a partial fast for some of Ramadan—even if it means just eating one meal per day instead of two.

The elderly also receive a break from fasting in Ashura (the 10th day of Muharram). According to Imam al-Nawawi, This has been established in accordance with what was narrated by Ibn Abbas: whoever among the elderly becomes ill or is weak, or fears hardship upon himself on account of fasting—he may break his fast.

2. The Sick


It is permissible for a sick person to break his fast, without it being considered a sin, as long as he has enough strength to fast at another time. There is no difference of opinion on that point. In fact, not only can such a person break his fast; it is makruh (reprehensible) for him to insist on fasting when he knows that not doing so will help him regain his health.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: Allah loves His servant who eats in order to live and lives in order to eat. [Reported by Muslim] Another hadith states: O Allah! Forgive me my sins and open for me a wide door of sufficiency through which I may enter. [Reported by al-Bukhari] A similar hadith reads: O Allah!

3. Those on a Journey


Muslims on a journey of less than ninety miles (150km) don’t have to fast. If they decide to make it longer, they can break their fast and resume it once they return home. Those travelling a longer distance but who aren’t sure how long their trip will last must also not fast. But if after travelling for some time, they find that their destination is farther away than anticipated, then they can break their fast.

The same applies if they change their mind about reaching their intended destination. And remember: fasting is obligatory for those who are physically able to do so. So those who are too ill or elderly shouldn’t fast; children should only begin fasting when they reach puberty.

4. Pregnant and Nursing Women


A pregnant or nursing woman is not required to fast. As an alternative, she can opt to feed one needy person for every day of fasting she misses. Her children also do not have to fast if they reach puberty before she finishes her term and nursing period. This exemption applies only until they reach puberty; once a child reaches adolescence, he/she must observe fasting just like any other Muslim.

If a nursing mother passes away while still in that state, then her child will be exempt as long as he/she remains under that care. However, if someone else takes over his/her care after that point, then he/she will need to begin fasting at that time.

5. Children

Exempt from Fasting


Muslim scholars differ on whether children should fast. Many will make a distinction between those who have reached puberty and those who have not. For some, puberty begins at age 10 for boys, and age 9 for girls. Others say it is more appropriate to let children decide when they want to start fasting. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to whether or not children should be allowed to fast.

It is important to note that all schools of thought agree that children are rewarded in Paradise for any day of fasting they complete, even if they do so before reaching puberty. If you’re concerned about your child’s health during Ramadan, check with your doctor about what he or she recommends.

Also read:- Exempt from Fasting https://www.islamicfinder.org/news/who-is-exempt-from-fasting-in-ramadan/

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