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Fasting and having daily incapacitating headache (in and out of Ramadan)

Last updated: 8th April 2022
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I suffer from severe headaches since 2012. I drink quarter voltaren four times a day to bring relief. I've consulted all the specialists and had all scans done. What do I do on Ramadan ? I have been fasting , and still drinking these pills ( i usually do without water ) and I am paying fidyah. I tell Allah my problem and how I am fasting. What do I do ? Am I exempt ? Headache is not hunger or water related. It comes on like clockwork 4 times a day.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامداومصليا

In principle, If one is unable to fast due to an illness or it will increase your illness and it’s learnt from experience and a Muslim doctor had advised not to fast, then one is allowed to break their fast and make it up later as Qadha.

If however your illness is such that there is no hope in getting better then you can give Fidya. If later you are able to fast then the ruling of Fidya will be dropped.

ومنها المرض المريض إذا خاف علي نفسه التلف أو ذهاب عضو يفطر بالإجماع وإن خاف زيادة العلة و امتداده فكذالك عندنا وعليه القضاء إذا أفطر كذا في المحيط ثم معرفة ذالك باجتهاد المريض والاجتهاد غير مجرد لوهم بل هو غلبة الظن عن إمارة أو تجربة أو باخبار طبيب مسلم الخ
(الفتاوي العالمكيرية،١/١٩٣كتاب الصوم)

ومثله ما في قهستاني عن الكرماني المريض اذا تحقق اليأس من الصحة فعليه الفدية لكل يوم من المرض اه
(الدر المختار مع رد المحتار ٢/٤٢٧)

ولو قدر بعد علي الصوم يبطل حكم الفداء لأن شرط الخلفية استمرار العجز

And Allah knows best

08 Shawwal 1443/ 10 May 2022

Answer last updated on:
11th May 2022
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Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London