A patient who cannot fast Ramadaan

Question: There is a person who suffers from tuberculosis and finds it difficult to observe Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan. Having not observed Sawm during last Ramadaan, should he feed needy people or not? It is worth mentioning that this illness is incurable and that he receives medication for a period of about a month, in which he leaves his home in the village and goes to the city, which makes it hard for him to stay there.

Answer: If this patient is unable to observe Sawm in Ramadaan due to suffering from an incurable disease, then he is to be exempted from Sawm. However, he must feed one needy person for each day by giving him half a Saa` (1 Saa`= 3 kg. Approx.) of staple food; such as wheat, dates, rice, etc. Provided that this is within his capacity. This patient takes the same ruling as an old man or aged woman who finds it difficult to observe Sawm… read more here.

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