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Question: As Salaamualaikum. I would like to know when will a pregnant woman be exempted from fasting in the month of Ramadhan. My Family is really pressuring me not to fast. Jazakallaahu khairan


السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته    

حامدًا وّمصليًا وّمسلمًا

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

We received your query regarding fasting while pregnant and your family pressuring you not to fast. Our response is as follows:

A pregnant woman will be exempted from fasting if she has a strong, predominant thought due to her previous experience or any other vital signs, that if she fasts she will put herself or the foetus at a health risk. In such a case it will not only be advisable rather compulsory for her not to fast.[1]

Similarly, if an expert, pious, Muslim Doctor advises her not to fast due to it being a health risk she will also be exempted.[2]


And Allaah Ta’ala knows best

Answered by:                                                                            

Musayyab Sahib

11th Ramadhan 1441

5th May 2020


Checked and Approved by:

[Mufti] Muhammad Irshad Motara

[1] لمسافر سفرًا شرعيًا ولو بمعصية أو حامل أو مرضع أمّا كانت أو ظئرًا على الظاهر خافت بغلبة الظن على نفسها أو ولدها……..أو مريض خاف الزيادة لمرضه، وصحيح خاف المرض، وخادمة خافت الضعف بغلبة الظن بأمارة أو تجربة أو بإخبار طبيب حاذق مسلم مستور….الفطر{الدر المختار ج3 ص403-404، كتاب الصوم، باب ما يفسد الصوم ولا يفسده، زكريا}


[2]  ويجوز الفطر لحامل ومرضع خافت على نفسها  نقصان العقل أو الهلاك أو المرض سواء كان  على نفسها أو ولدها نسبا كان أو رضاعا….. والخوف المعتبر لإباحة الفطر طريق معرفته أمران: أحدهما: ما كان مستندا فيه لغلبة الظن فانها بمنزلة اليقين بتجربة سابقة والثانى أو إخبار طبيب {منة الفتاح على شرح مراقى الفلاح ص1146، دار النشر الإسلامية}

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