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can you fast for someone else,

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and if yes, under what circumstances? can you fast for someones elses behalf for no reason?


my mum wants to fast for my ill grandmother, my mums mother, if she can fast for her, does my grandmother still have to pay the poor for her missed fasts or she doesnt have to as my mum fasted for her?

asked Aug 6, 2012 by anonymous
edited Aug 6, 2012

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Salaams... fasting is an individual duty as Allah (swt) has obliged EVERY Muslim who is of age and abled body and mind to fast:

“O you who believe! fasting has been prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may attain Taqwa (piety). [2:184]

Muhammad (saw) said: “Whenever you sight the new moon (of the month of Ramadhan) observe fast, and when you sight it (the new moon of Shawwal) break it, and if the sky is cloudy for you, then observe fast for thirty days”. [Muslim]

 Those who are exempt have to make up their missed fasts or pay kaffara for each fast missed. In previous Q&A's (http://answers.ahadith.co.uk/509/fasting-exempted-when-person-ill-later-has-make-now-question) the exemptions to fasting have been given with explanations.

And Allah knows best... your brother in Islam


answered Jul 21, 2014 by Nozrul (10,282 points)