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Are there any Exemptions from Fasting?

Are There any exemptions from Fasting

Yes, there are exemptions from fasting during Ramadan for certain groups of people to ensure that fasting does not harm their health or well-being.

Exemptions Include:

  1. Children: Kids who haven’t reached puberty don’t have to fast. This is similar to how some activities are only for grown-ups because they might be too hard or not safe for children.
  2. The elderly and chronically ill: Older people or those who have long-term illnesses that could get worse from fasting are not required to fast. Instead, they can help feed the poor.
  3. Pregnant and nursing women: If fasting might harm their health or their baby’s health, they do not have to fast. They can make up the fast later or help feed the poor if they can’t make up the fasts.
  4. Travelers: People traveling can skip fasting during their journey and make up the days later.
  5. People with acute illnesses: Those who are temporarily sick and for whom fasting could delay recovery are allowed to break the fast and make up the days later when they are healthy.

Bible Verses:
The Bible mentions fasting and considerations for those who might be unable to fast due to health, though it does not provide the same guidelines as Islamic texts. For example, in 1 Corinthians 8:13, Paul discusses abstaining from food for the sake of others’ welfare, “Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.”


  1. Paul’s Consideration: In the Bible, Paul talks about not eating meat if it causes someone else to stumble in their faith, showing sensitivity to others’ needs.
  2. Jesus Healing on the Sabbath: Jesus healed the sick on the Sabbath (Mark 3:1-6) even though work was generally prohibited, showing that well-being comes before strict adherence to rules.
  3. David Eating the Consecrated Bread: In 1 Samuel 21, David eats the consecrated bread, which was not typically allowed, but his physical need took precedence.

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Health First: Islam puts health and safety first, showing that taking care of one’s body is very important.
  2. Flexibility: The exemptions show that Islam is flexible and considers individual circumstances, making sure that fasting is meaningful but not harmful.
  3. Caring for Others: The exemptions also encourage helping others, like feeding the poor if you’re not fasting, which promotes kindness and community support.


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