Should the woman who was injured by fire make up for the missed days of Sawm?

Question: My wife was predestined to be injured by fire as the kerosene refrigerator burst into flames. Some parts of her body were injured due to this fire years ago. Then, Ramadaan came while she was being treated in the hospital and was pregnant as well. Then, she gave birth to a baby in the hospital during her illness. She stayed in the hospital for a year and did not perform compensatory Sawm (Fast) for Ramadaan of that year. She is still ill in the hospital; sometimes she is pregnant and some others she is ill. As I mentioned, she did not perform compensatory Sawm until now. Is she obliged to perform compensatory Sawm or anything else?

I hope you will give us your Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by qualified Muslim scholar) concerning these religious matters that Your Eminence sees as well as the necessary action that should be performed, including compensatory Sawm or anything else. May Allaah safeguard you and enlighten your sight and insight. Al-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon you).

Answer: Your wife should perform compensatory Sawm for the days she broke her Sawm in Ramadaan. However, if she delayed it until another Ramadaan passes without an excuse, she should perform Kaffaarah (expiation) in addition to compensatory Sawm by feeding a Miskeen the equivalent of half a Saa` (1 Saa` = 3 kg. Approx.) of wheat, rice, etc. Of the staple food of your country, for every day of Sawm she broke… read more here.


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