Can Soccer Player Skip Fasting on Match Day?
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Can Soccer Player Skip Fasting on Match Day?

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Hagar

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May 12, 2019

Question

Can soccer player skip fasting on match day?

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Can Soccer Player Skip Fasting on Match Day?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

If you are a professional soccer player and you cannot postpone the match, then you may skip fasting  and you ought to make up the fast later.


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam. It is obligatory on every healthy person unless you have valid excuses. Sickness, traveling, (menses and postnatal period of bleeding, for women) are the only exceptions.

There are some scholars, however, who have ruled that those whose jobs involve working in harsh conditions causing exhaustion and dehydration are allowed to skip. However, they ought to make up for the fasts later.

Based on this, if you are a professional soccer player and you cannot postpone the match, then you may skip fasting if you feel you won’t be able to combine it with the rigors of fasting, in which case, you ought to make up the fast later.

If, however, it is not your profession and it is just a hobby for you, then you ought to fast, and you are not allowed to skip it.

Almighty Allah knows best.




About Sheikh Ahmad Kutty

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty is a Senior Lecturer and an Islamic Scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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