Feeding a Miskeen by the patient who can not perform Sawm

Question: My wife suffers from diabetes to the extent that she sometimes faints. Two female Muslim doctors treating her decided that she could not perform Sawm (Fast) or Hajj. Respected Shaykh, my wife was not able to perform Sawm last Ramadaan due to her illness and pregnancy; then she miscarried.

The question is: What is the ruling as she is unable to perform Sawm especially after her miscarriage? What is the ruling on her inability to perform Hajj, taking into consideration that she did not perform the obligatory Hajj? Moreover, she is pregnant now, and is expected to give birth at the end of Sha`baan, what should she do about Ramadaan this year? The doctors, who are treating her, still order her not to perform Sawm for an indefinite period. I hope you will give us your legal opinion, may Allaah reward you with the best!

Answer: First, if the reality of your ill wife is as you mentioned, she should feed a Miskeen (needy) for each day on which she did not perform Sawm an amount equal to half a Saa` (1 Saa` = 3 kg. Approx.) of the staple food of your country.

Second, if she could not perform Hajj in person, she should deputize someone to perform the obligatory Hajj and `Umrah on her behalf… read more here.


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