What is the duty of pregnant and breastfeeding women who fear fasting may harm them and their children? The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei’s Fatwa

SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei answered questions about the duty of pregnant and breastfeeding women in the Month of Ramadhan.

Question: A lady has been pregnant in the last two years in the Month of Ramadhan, and has been unable to fast in those times, but at the moment can fast, what is the ruling for her? Is Kaffarah Wajib for her, or she must only do Qadha fasting? What is the ruling if Qadha fasting is delayed?

The Grand Ayatollah Khamenei: If due to a religious excuse, she has not fasted, only Qadha fasting is Wajib for her. And if her excuse for not fasting has been due to fear of harm to foetus or her baby, in addition to Qadha fasting must pay (specified amount of) food as Fidyah for every day. And if has delayed Qadha fasting after the Month of Ramadhan until another Month of Ramadhan without any religious excuse, another Fidyah is Wajib for her; meaning, must pay to the poor (specified amount of) food, and if her excuse has been the fear of harm for herself, has the same ruling as other cases of fearing harm which if this fear is continued until next Month of Ramadhan, Qadha fasting is cancelled, and only Fidyah is Wajib for her.

Source: khamenei.ir

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