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['Aalim Network QR] Fasting while Breastfeeding


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Salaamun alaykum,

	The following question on fasting was kindly answered by Moulana Rizvi.

Wasalaam,

Mustafa Rawji
Moderator, ABDG-A
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QUESTION

Please assist in clarifying the following question:

    Should a woman who is breast-feeding be fasting?  Does the right of the
    nursing baby supersede the mothers' wajibaat of fasting?

My mujtahid - Ayatullah Syed Ali Seestani 

ANSWER:

1. Among the list of the persons exempted from fasting during Ramadhan is a
woman who is pregnant or breast-feeding her child -- no matter whether the
woman thinks that fasting would harm her own health or that of the child.

2. However, such a woman has to do the qaza after the child-birth or after
the breast-feeding is over.

3. It is also wajib on such a woman to pay fidya: to pay at least 750 grams
of flour or rice per day to a poor Shi`a Ithna `Ashari. (Note: fiday is
different from kaffara.)

Source: Minhaju 's-Salihiyn, vol. 1, p. 334.

Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi




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