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Sadaqatul Fitr if you couldn’t fast

Fatwaa ID: 1031

Question:
Salaam
If someone had major operation of cancer and she couldn’t fast the whole month

Then does she have to give sadaqa tul fitr?
Also pay the amount of missed fast as she is not sure if she will be able to do the qadha later in life so would it better to pay now and see if she will be able to do qadha then she can do so
Also how much she needs to pay for missed fast

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

May Allaah Ta’aala grant her complete shifaa and make it easy for her.

  1. The obligation of Sadaqatul Fitr is not dependent upon whether one fasted the month of Ramadhaan or not. Sadaqatul Fitr is waajib (compulsory) upon anyone who possesses wealth valued at a minimum of the nisaab amount in excess to his basic needs on the day of ‘Eid.
  2. She should consult her doctor and decide from there. If she gives fidyah but is able to fast afterwards, she will have to make qadhaa of those days. The fidyahs will count as nafl charity.
  3. Fidyah is equivalent to the Sadaqatul Fitr amount.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

09/21/1444 AH – 04/12/2023 CE |AML1-7527

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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