The fast of one who is senile at times and sane at another

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 1, Page 239, Fatwa No.186
Fiqh al-‘Ibaadaat – Page 187

Question: What is the ruling of the fast of one who at times is sane and at times is not, or is sane at times and senile at another?

Response: The ruling revolves around his state. So at the times he is awake and sane he must fast, and at the times he is unconscious or senile he is not required to fast. Let us assume he is senile one day and sane the next, then on the day he is senile he is not required to fast, whilst on the day he is sane he is required to fast.

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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