Question: I had a kidney transplant after suffering from kidney failure three years ago. Two Ramadaans passed in the last two years in which I broke my Sawm (fast) and fed a Miskeen (needy) according to the recommendation of the doctor, as I was not able to perform Sawm. The reason is that I was not able to delay my prescribed drug from the morning to the evening, and that I should drink no less than three or four liters of liquids to enable my kidney to work well. This year, the doctor informed me that there is no objection to perform Sawm, and I do, in fact, continue fasting, all praise be to Allaah. What should be done about the two previous months of Ramadaan, in which I broke my Sawm? Should I perform compensatory Sawm in my current state, even if I am afraid of the deterioration of my state, may Allaah forbid.
Answer: If the doctor, who told you this was Muslim, and you fed Miskeens for the two months in which you broke your Sawm, and now your health is better and you are able to perform Sawm, you should perform Sawm in the future without repeating the Sawm of the previous months… read more here.
Question: In the year 1409 A.H., it was Allaah’s (Glorified be He) destiny that I was afflicted with renal failure, which made me break my Sawm (Fast) three days in Ramadaan. Three months later, I underwent a surgical operation for a kidney transplant. The operation was successful, thanks to Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). In the year 1410 A.H., (i.e. after the kidney transplant) the doctors advised me not to observe Sawm due to my need to drink large amounts of water and some medicines. After that, I suffered from blood pressure, i.e. in the year 1411 A.H. Yet, I have managed to observe Sawm in Ramadaan till now, praise be to Allaah, but until now I have not made up for the month of Ramadaan or the three days I did not observe Sawm.
– Is there Kaffaarah (expiation) due on me for the previous months of Ramadaan?
– Is it permissible to give the total sum to just one person?
– Is it permissible to give it in the form of money? If so, how much is it?
Answer: It is obligatory on you to observe Sawm the days you failed to observe, once you are able to do so, since this is an obligation that you owe. You should both feed a poor person half a Saa` (1 Saa` = 3 kg. Approx.) as Kaffaarah for each day and make up for these days. You should feed a poor person for each day of Sawm you missed, because you delayed making up for it despite your ability to do. It is up to you whether you give the whole Kaffaarah to one poor person or more… read more here.
Question: I would like to tell Your Eminence that in the year 1404 A.H. I was afflicted with renal failure, whereupon I underwent a surgical operation to have a kidney transplant. The operation was successful, praise be to Allaah. Yet during the period from 1404 to 1409 A.H., I could not fast the blessed months of Ramadaan. I have been feeding a poor person for each day of fast that I missed till the end of the year 1409 A.H. after this, the doctor allowed me to fast with the beginning of Ramadaan 1410 A.H. In 1411 A.H., I made up for the Ramadan of 1405 A.H. Thus, I must make up for four Ramadaans. Please guide me whether it is sufficient to feed the poor as Kaffaarah (expiation) for the four months or I should make up for them by fasting. May Allaah guard you.
Answer: You should make up for the days you failed to fast due to your illness because now you have recovered from your illness. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days… read more here.
Question: I am a thirty-eight year old woman with five children: three sons and two daughters. My eldest son studies at university, some of them are in the elementary stage, and the others are in the preparatory stage. I want to inform Your Eminence that I have been suffering nephritis and have been receiving treatment for ten years. During this period, and with the approval of my husband, I underwent a surgical operation to have a ligature. Yet, with the passage of time, the illness has aggravated and I got renal failure. Then I have been undergoing dialysis twice a week. In the month of Sha`baan 1414 A.H., Allaah (Exalted be He) conferred His blessing on me and my brother donated me his kidney. The implant succeeded, thanks to Allaah (Exalted be He). Yet, I am still receiving treatment and the doctor asks me not to offer Sawm (Fast).
Thus, I hope Your Eminence will give me your Fatwaa (legal opinion issued by qualified Muslim scholar) regarding whether it is obligatory on me to make up for the days I missed or feed the poor as Kaffaarah (expiation) for this. Note that I was prevented from offering Sawm by a Muslim Sudanese doctor. Al-saalamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you)
Answer: If you cannot offer Sawm, because of your illness or for fear that this may result in delaying the healing of your illness, it is permissible for you not to offer Sawm, but you should make up for the days of Sawm you missed. After Allaah (Exalted be He) grants you recovery, you can make up for these days… read more here.