Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pregnant Women Must FAST

Salam and Ramadan Mubarak to all,

Many pregnant women believe they do not fast. This is incorrect according to Qur'an and Sunnah. The only time a pregnant woman cannot fast is when a doctor says she can't because of a life and death situation, but otherwise you fast. You do not stop worshiping ALLAH because you're pregnant. Fear ALLAH women, fear ALLAH.

Abu Dawood (2318) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said, concerning the verse “And
as for those who can fast with difficulty, (e.g. an old man), they have (a
choice either to fast or) to feed a Miskeen (poor person) (for every day)”
[al-Baqarah 2:184]: This is a concession granted to old men and old women who
are able to fast, allowing them to break the fast and to feed one poor person
each day instead of fasting. (And this concession is also granted to) pregnant
and breastfeeding women, if they fear (harm). Al-Nawawi said: Its isnaad is

Al-Shaafa’i narrated in al-Umm: Maalik told us, narrating from Naafi’, that
Ibn ‘Umar was asked about a pregnant woman, if she fears for her child. He
said: She should not fast, and she should feed one poor person for each day,
giving a mudd of wheat.

Alhumdulilah, this is the evidence provided for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant,insha'ALLAH.

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  1. I think it all depends on the individual woman. If she is not feeling ill, if the pregnancy is going well, etc., then I agree that she should fast. But if she is really feeling sick, or if she is confirmed to have a high-risk pregnancy (twins, a sick fetus, risk of prematurity), then she definitely shouldn't fast. Basically from what I gather, pregnant women should plan on fasting, but they shouldn't feel bad if they have to break it because of their condition.

  2. Of course, if a woman isn't able to fast due to life-threatening issues, then she should break her fast, but if she is able to fast then she should.

  3. Assalamu Alaikam Waratullahi Wabaraktuh,

    I appreciate your concern sister however your advice is general. All situtions/pregnancys are different. As the Ayah and Hadith stated in times of concern of the well being of herself/baby and women are unable to observe the fast it is obligatorry for her not to fast. It shows the Mercy of Allah SWT and this also proves they do not have to in specific cases (placenta previa/high risk preg/anemia/molar preg) etc etc.

    Islam is practical and is a way of life. This means its not just black and white. People can just as well Fear Allah even if it doesn't seem like there taking the approaite steps but in their hearts Allah khows the true circumstance. Our relgion isn't one of harshness and this isn't the way of the Prophet (SAWS) or the Sahaba (ra). When you make Fatwas it shouldn't be as harsh or strict in the way you say it// in fear a Muslim could be turned away. Allah knows Best.

    jazakallahkhair. wa salaam

  4. alhamdulillah.. thank you for your great imformation with evidence..