Message No : 8Sr.No : 187/722
Question By : nilofer

If a male is sick for a few days in Ramzaan & cannot keep those fasts & then continues the rest & will make up the missed ones later,then as he has to feed a poor for the missed fasts, then has the poor to be a male only,or can the poor be a female? Should he or she be fed with Sehri & Iftar only or also dinner?


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

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful,
Assalamo Alaikum
Dear Sister in Islam,
The answer to you question is as follows:

The person referred to the above-question must make the Qaza of the missed Sawm. And Qaza is to keep one fast in place of the one that was broken. He is not permitted to feed poor. This is because, feeding poor is for one who is too old to keep fast or too ill to hope for recovery. (Shami 2: 130)

As far as the gender of poor is concerned, it is no matter whether the poor is male or female should be fed to his/her fill for two meals for one Sawm. And Iftar is considered a meal. Therefore, dinner and Sehri should be served for a poor. Or give approximately 1.6kg of wheat or its value in cash.

And Allah knows the best,

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