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Question By : nilofer

If anyone has missed his farz fasts of Ramzaan from the age it is counted till the age of say 35, & then realises & repents & then keeps regularly, then how does he make up the missed Ramzaan fasts?Will he be accountable for it?


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Assalmo Alaikum
Dear In Islam
The answer to your question is as follows:

Sawm (fast) is obligatory for every sane, adult, healthy, and Moqeem (residing) Muslim. Islam does not permit a Muslim to leave Sawm without any necessity. Only a hypocrite can eat and drink in the days of Ramzan openly without any appropriate reason.

One who did not observe Sawm since the time one came to age till one became 35 years old for instance, but after that one realized one¡¯s fault, repented of one¡¯s sin and started to observe Sawm regularly, must observe the Qaza of Sawm one has missed, as soon as possible. One should decide the year when one observes the Qaza of different years but if one forgets the year can observe intending, ¡°I am observing the first Sawm of the Qaza of first Ramzan¡±. (Maraqil Falah 363)

One who cannot observe Qaza Sawm because of continuous illness or getting too old to observe, must bequeath one¡¯s relatives to give Fidah (Fidah of one Sawm is to feed a poor to his fill for two meals or give him approximately 1.6kg of wheat or its value in cash) of Qaza Sawm, otherwise one will be accountable for this Qaza.

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