Father is incapable of fasting at 70 years of age

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., Fatwa No.2689 Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 248, Fatwa No.197

Question: My father is approximately 70 years of age, and for 3 years now, he has been afflicted with sickness that I hope from Allaah is a mercy from Him and an expiation for his sins. This [sickness] has caused him to be incapable of fasting, so much so that if he fasts his hearing, seeing and self deteriorate. So he is incapable of fasting Ramadhaan, inform us of what is required?

Response: If the condition of your father is as you have stated, then the fasting of Ramadhaan is not obligatory upon him, rather, it is obligatory upon him to feed the poor in place of each day of Ramadhaan half a saa’ of wheat, dates, rice, or the likes of that with which he feeds his family. This is based upon the saying of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala):

{So fear Allaah as much as you can}, [Soorah at-Taghaabun, Aayah 16]

And His (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) saying:

{Allaah does not burden a soul with that which is greater than it can bear}, [Soorah al-Baqarah, Aayah 286].

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.