My wife is 27 weeks pregnant. She had a medical condition during the 16th week due to which she almost lost the baby.

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Dear brother Burhan,


Assalam Alaikum


My wife is 27 weeks pregnant. She had a medical condition during the 16th week due to which she almost lost the baby. I would like to know if it is compulsory for her to fast as she is worried it might risk the baby`s life. Does she have to compensate the fasts later on?

 

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Pregnant fasting

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 183-185:

183    O ye who believe!  Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self-restraint.

184    (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill or on a journey the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship) is a ransom the feeding of one that is indigent.  But he that will give more of his own free will it is better for him and it is better for you that ye fast if ye only knew.

185    Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an as a guide to mankind also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong).  So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later.  Allah intends every facility for you He does not want to put you to difficulties.  (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

 

If your wife is pregnant, and it is feared that her health or her baby’s health might be effected in any way if she keeps her fasts, there is absolutely no sin upon her if she does not fast this Ramadan; but she has to accurately count the number of days she has missed her fasts and make them up at any other time of the year.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 

 

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