26 May, 2018
As-salamu `alaykum. I have a question regarding long fasting hours - 20 or so. I have little children to care of; to carry them around, to push a pram in the street and to drag bags of groceries home. Also I have a job which requires much attention and brain power. There's no one to help me. I live alone with kids and I am a sole breadwinner. I'm afraid to faint somewhere outside and something might happen to my kids, or my job will suffer. I tried fasting 20 hours last year, and it was a physical torture, just something unbearable. What should I do?
Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
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:
As for your question, if it is extremely hard for you to fast, you can skip fasting and make up for these days later on.
In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
If, because of your specific circumstances, you find it hard to fast these long hours to the extent that you fear fainting, then you are allowed to skip the fast.
However, you ought to make up for it later; you may do so when day hours are shorter (in winter).
Allah Almighty knows best.