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Qadhaa or fidyah for fasts missed during pregnancy

Fatwaa ID: 358

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah
A friend of mine is going to be full term pregnant during Ramadan this year ( its a complicated pregnancy)
The question is does she have to make up 30 days of fasting later on or just Fidiya is suffice ?
Jazakallahu Khairan

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy for her and bless her with a healthy and righteous child.

In principle, fidyah is only for those who are unable to fast permanently due to old age or terminal illness and also have no hope of being able to fast ever again. Such people may give fidyah. Notwithstanding this, if they ever regain the physical ability to fast, they will have to fast even if they have already given fidyah. In the enquired situation, pregnancy is a temporary reason. Your friend will not be excused to give fidyah. She will have to make qadhaa of the missed fasts when she is able to do so after the pregnancy.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/19/1444 AH – 01/12/2023 CE | AML1-6852

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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