Four years have passed and she has not been able to perform Sawm in Ramadaan

Question: My wife is nearly 50 years old. She is completely paralyzed and has not spoken for five years. Four years have passed and she has not been able to perform Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan. We did not feed Miskeens (needy people) as we did not know. Moreover, she is still extremely ill, and cannot move or speak except through signs. We do not understand anything she says except the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), which she can say.

Based on her condition, I hope Your Eminence will give me a legal opinion concerning the rulings on her acts of `Ibaadah (worship) and the Sawm or its compensation that she should perform. May Allaah safeguard you!

Answer: If two or more trusted doctors decided that your wife’s illness cannot be cured, she should feed a Miskeen for each day in which she did not perform Sawm in the past as well as the days that she will not fast in the future an amount of half a Saa` (1 Saa` = 3 kg. Approx.) of the staple food of the country... read more here.

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