The fast for expiating an oath done over non-consecutive days

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa – Volume 23, Page 22, Question No.2 of Fatwa No.18446

Question: Is the fast for expiating an oath (kaffaaratul-yameen) required to be done consecutively over three days? And what is required of the one who split them up, and did not fast them consecutively [over three days] due to extenuating circumstances such as ill health, or without [the presence of any extenuating circumstances]?

Response: It is best the fast for expiating an oath be done consecutively, however, if he split them up [over a number of non-consecutive days], then there is no harm in that.

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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