Sleeping and resting whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 522, Fatwa No.487
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 509

Question: I spend my day in Ramadhaan asleep or at rest since I am unable to work due to my [experiencing] severe pangs of hunger and thirst, so does this affect the validity of my fast?

Response: This does not affect the validity of the fast, [rather] therein is an increase of reward due to the saying of the Messenger ﷺ to ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa):

«Your reward is according to your hardship».

So, the more hardship a person experiences, the more his reward increases. He should [also] do what he can to reduce the effect of fasting such as cooling himself with water and resting in a cool place.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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