Skipping Fasting With or Without Excuse

As Muslims we should try to help those who seem unable to fast seek medical counseling, and make sure that their sugar level is not a chronic problem. We should also discover after helping them make the medical check whether the problem necessitates breaking fasting during the daytime of Ramadan or not.

In case a Muslim can’t stand fasting because of work pressure, then, “It is considered permissible, for those who are working (for a living) in extremely strenuous and physically draining jobs, to skip fasting while they are engaged in the same—provided it has been reasonably established either through testimony of medical professionals or practical experience that fasting may risk their lives, or adversely affect their health or impair their work. However, it must be emphatically stated that it is absolutely mandatory for each and every one who has skipped Ramadan fast in this way to make up for the same whenever they are not working or their work condition changes.

If, however, a person is working in such an extremely strenuous job or profession on a permanent basis and does not expect to get a break from it to make up for the fasts thus missed in any foreseeable future, then it is allowed for them to offer fidyah (compensation) in lieu of fasting: Fidyah in this case involves feeding a poor person for every single day of Ramadan fast they have missed. The estimated cost varies from culture to culture.”

All in all, we do advise every Muslim to observe fasting in case they are not suffering from a medical problem and their working pressure is a bearable one. If it is the other way round, then we think that the above rulings apply to each case or situation he is experiencing. Above all, every Muslim’s breaking of fasting should be determined by a local Muslim doctor and the working pressure which allows them to break their fast can be better assessed by a local Imam or community scholar.