Who is exempt from fasting in Ramadan?

There are some valid reasons when a person is excused from fasting. Here is a list of those 5 people who can skip fasts or in other words who are exempt from fasting in the month of Ramadan.

As we know that the fasting during the month of Ramadan is Fard upon Muslims, it is also important to know the things that can break your fast. 

  1. Women during menses

A woman who is going through her monthly menstrual cycle is exempt from fasting. She can count how many fasts did she skip and can keep them later.

Moreover, those women who have delivered a child and are going through post-delivery bleeding are also exempted from fasting. Menstruation is an acceptable excuse to skip the fast. 

Women know well when their cycle has finished and thereby it is mandatory for them to perform Ghusl and fast

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  1. Traveling people or passengers

Those men and women who are traveling, it is upon them to fast or not to fast. You shall see that if your fast is causing hardship for you or complicating your health

Travelling is also of a different kind these days. If you are traveling in an air-conditioned car for a few hours, then that is certainly not going to disturb your fast. Recommended: What is the minimum distance of traveling to skip the fast?

  1. Temporary Sickness

Your common sense tells you if you shall fast or not. If you have a cut on a finger, that is no excuse for not fasting. Yet if you have a high fever and need medicine and liquid timely, you can skip the fast.

Sickness is an acceptable excuse to skip the fast and the one who is sick is exempt from fasting. Once again, you need to fast in compensation for the number of fasts you have left.

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  1. Permanently sick and elderly

There are people who are permanently sick and cannot fast such as people who have a severe form of diabetes and need to eat every 4-5 hours. As fast can prove fatal for his life, he is exempt from fasting.

Such people don’t have to fast in compensation, they can give away fidiyah against their skipped fasts.

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  1. Pregnant and breastfeeding women

This category has certainly raised questions, yet to generalize things those women who are healthy and can keep a fast during their pregnancy or breastfeeding should fast.

If a woman starts to feel weak and faint, she should not keep a fast. Once again, you need to fast in compensation for the number of fasts you have left.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.