Fatwa: # 38485
Category: Fasting (Sawm)
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 25th April 2020


Can a pregnant Woman abstain from fasting?


Asalamualaikum, I am pregnant, on my 7th month.I live in London , here fasting time is about 18-19 hours. Alhumdulillah l don't have any problems, but I get breathless and feel dizzy quiet often. I would like to know if I hav to fast and it is safe for the baby. Am I exempted or not? Have been waiting for the answer since the first day of Ramadaan. Jazak Allah khair


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible for a pregnant woman[i] not to fast in Ramadhan if there is fear of one’s health or on the child’s health due to fasting.

It is advisable to seek the opinion of your doctor on whether it is safe for you to fast, while you are pregnant.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Yaasir Iunus

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] والحامل والمرضع : إذا خافت على صبيها أفطرت،ثم قضت،لأنها لو خافت على نفسها أفطرت، ثم قضت كذاك إذا خافت على ولدها.

الفتاوى الولوالجية،ج١، ص٢٢٢


قلت أَرَأَيْت الْمَرْأَة الْحَامِل والمرضع الَّتِي تخَاف على الصَّبِي أَو الْحَامِل تخَاف على نَفسهَا قَالَ يفطران ويقضيان يَوْمًا مَكَان كل يَوْم وَلَا كَفَّارَة عَلَيْهِمَا

الأصل المعروف بالمبسوط للشيباني (2/ 245) 


والحامل والمريض إذا خافتا على ولديهما أفطرتا وقضتا ولا فدية عليهما

مختصر القدوري (ص: 63) 


الا ترى أنَّ لها ان تفطر إذا خافت على ولدها.

العناية شرح الهداية،ج١،ص٦٣١ 


و الحامل والمرضع إذا خافتا على ولديها أو نفسيهما أفطرتا و قضتا لا غير.

الاختيار لتعليل المختار،ج١،ص١٩٥

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