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Valid excuses for not fasting


Abu Muhammad Abdullaah Ibnu Abee Zaid Alqayrawaani 1 was asked in relation to that which permits one Islaamically not to fast [in Ramadhaan], and what is considered as a valid excuse.

He answered: If fasting harms the person and increases his [or her] weakness, [then] they are [permitted] not to fast. [Also] the opinion of a reliable & trustworthy doctor will be accepted that indeed by the person fasting he [or she] will be harmed by it. The elderly are also permitted not to fast if it is harmful to their health. Similar to this, every fast that could be harmful to the health permits [the person] not to fast.

[1] He is Abu Muhammad Abdullãh Ibnu Abee Zaid Abdur –Rahmãn Annafzee Alqayrawãnĩ, nicknamed Mãlik -Assageer. [Little Mãlik] for his in-depth knowledge of Imam Mãlik Ibn Anas’s opinions on the subsidiary issues of the Sharee’ah [Fiqh]. He was born in the year 310 AH corresponding to 922 CE in the north of Tunisia; he studied with the major scholars of his time and the number of his teachers exceeded to over 50. He authored over 38 books. One of his famous books is Muqaddamatul- Alqayrawãnĩ, which is an explanation of the Salafee Aqeedah. This has been explained in detail by Allãmah Abdul-Muhsin Alabãd, the Muhaddith of Madeenah in the Prophet’s Masjid, may Allãh’s praise and peace be with him. Ibnu Abee Zaid Alqayrawãnĩ died in the year 386 A.H. on Monday evening in the month of Sha’baan at the age of 76. [TN]

Translator: Zulfiker Ibrahim al-Memoni al-Athari

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