Question: My mother passed away. Before she died, she mentioned to me that she had to make up for two months of Ramadaan in two years. The month of Ramadaan came while she was in the postpartum period, and she died without making up for them. Women at that time used to be involved in agriculture work in addition to housework. She lived for about 50 years. Should I fast on her behalf or feed sixty poor people and if so, what is the manner of feeding? Should I slaughter some sheep and distribute the meat among sixty poor houses or should I pay the value of food? Please guide us, may Allaah reward you with the best. I want to absolve her.
Answer: It is better to fast on behalf of your mother, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If anyone dies in a state (that he had to complete) some days of fasting, his heir must fast on his behalf. (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)… read more here.