Jan 24, 2011

She got her period in Ramadan, she broke her fast and did not make up the missed fasts

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When she got her period in Ramadan, she broke her fast and did not make up the missed fasts
There is a woman who has reached the age of sixty. She was unaware of the rulings on menstruation for many years, during her childbearing years. She did not make up the fasts that she missed in Ramadaan, thinking that she did not have to do so according to what she heard from the common folk.
Praise be to Allaah.  

She has to repent to Allaah from that, because she did not ask knowledgeable people. She also has to make up the fasts that she missed, fasting the number of days that she thinks she most likely missed. She also has to offer expiation for each day by feeding one poor person half a saa’ of wheat, dates, or rice etc., of the local staple food, if she is able to do so. If she is not able to feed the poor then she is not obliged to do so and it is sufficient for her to make up the missed fasts. 

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and companions. 
Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas, Fataawa al-Lajnah, 10/151


How do scholars know that she, a 60 year old elderly woman, had someone knowledgeable to ask? She could be from a remote village in which everyone was illiterate and had very knowledge of formal and normative Islamic practice. Making up every missed fast for not knowing sounds extremely pedantic and harsh. Allah facilitates ease for us. I am surprised that scholars would recommend such a hardship for an older woman. Practically speaking, she should pray for forgiveness. End of story. Just to earn more 'ajr, she can also feed the poor.

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