Sawm of a kidney patient

Question: I am a kidney patient and I have undergone two surgical operations on my kidney. Doctors advised me to drink no less than two and a half liters of water daily and warned me that Sawm (Fast) and abstaining from drinking water for three consecutive hours endangers my life. Am I to follow their advice, or should I, seeking Allaah’s Support, observe Sawm despite their warning that I am at risk of developing stones? What should I do? What Kaffaarah (expiation) am I liable for if I do not observe Sawm?

Answer:If your health condition is as mentioned, diagnosed as such by skillful and efficient doctors, you are allowed to refrain from Sawm to protect your health and prevent further complications. If in the future your health improves and you recover your ability to fast, without difficulty, you must make up for those missed days of Sawm. However, if your disease continues and doctors decide that you are incurably susceptible to the risk of developing stones if you do not drink water over short periods, you should feed a needy person for each day that you do not fast... read more here.

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