Delay In Making Up The Missed Fast.

One particular year I did not fast the days when I had my monthly period, and I have not been able to fast them until now. Many years have gone by and I want to make up the fasts that I owe, but I do not know how many days I have to make up. What should I do?


All the Praise be to Allah, the Lord of al-‘Alamin.  Peace and Blessing Be Upon his Messenger


If one delay to qada it is liable to undertake  three things:


1. Repent. One has to repent to Allah SWT for the delay, and regret of the past negligence; you must also resolve not to repeat such a thing again, because Allah SWT says:


“And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [An-Nur, 24:31]


This delay [observing the the obligatory duty] is a sin, so it is essential to repent to Allah SWT from such sin.


2. Priority. One must hasten ,giving priority  to fast the number of days you  have missed, and (remember that) Allah SWT does not burden any person beyond his scope. However, if could not remember the exact  days you have to fast the number of days you think you have missed. If you think  it was ten days, then fast for ten days; if you think that it was more or less than that, fast as many days as you think, because Allah says :


“Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [Al-Baqarah 2:286]


“So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can” [Al-Taghabun 64:16] 


3. Pay the Expiation. Feeding one poor person for each day if you can afford to do that [fidyah], even if you give it all to one poor person. But if you are poor and cannot feed another person, then you  not have to do anything apart from fasting and repenting.


What is meant by feeding a poor person here is giving half a saa’ of the local staple food for each day; half a saa’ is equivalent to one and a half kilograms.


[Majmu’ Fatawa al-Maqalat li’l-Shaikh Ibn Baaz, 6/19.]


©Islam Q&A


About Md Radzi Ahmad
A retired Malaysian civil servant. Served the Malaysian government for thirty-one years. Posted to London, Rangoon, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bangkok. Born in Kampong Hutan Kandeh, Alor Star, Kedah. Educated at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Currently resides in Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan,Malaysia.Blessed with three children, a son, two daughters, daughter in law and two grandaughters.

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