Sawm of a hemorrhoid (piles) patient

Question: A Muslim person suffered from severe hemorrhoids, which bled due to sharp swellings. Bleeding happened during the blessed month of Ramadaan. A doctor prescribed the medicine necessary to, by Allaah’s Will, stop the bleeding and cure the disease. The doctor permitted him not to observe Sawm (Fast) in order to take the medicine during the period of bleeding until it would stop. However, bleeding did not stop even during the time the medicine was taken. Please be informed that the person concerned could not stand or walk except with the help of others due to the severe swellings and bleeding.

May a patient with such a condition break his Sawm in order to take medicine? Can he perform the Five Daily Obligatory Salaahs (Prayers) although bleeding is continuous and thus both his underwear and outer clothes are soiled with blood?

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned and you are unable to observe Sawm or observing Sawm increases the severity of your disease or retard the recovery, it is permissible for you not to observe Sawm; but you have to make up for the missed days of Sawm... read more here.

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