A Christian girl helps in one of the Ramadan Banquets prepared for fasting Muslims in Cairo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany.
CAIRO – 18 May 2018: Abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset daily over Ramadan, the nine month of the Islamic Calendar, is a religious obligation for Muslims worldwide. However, Islam allows some Muslims to break their fasting, in certain conditions.
Islam permits a Muslim to abstain from fasting when certain conditions are present to alleviate their hardships. These conditions are divided into three categories as follows:
1- He who could not fast due to chronic and permanent diseases. So, he/she has to feed a poor person every day of Ramadan.
2- He/she who has the ability to fast but abstained from fasting due to traveling, temporary or curable diseases, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or menstruating. Thus, he/she should fast later to make up the days they missed.
3- Those who suffer from dementia or mental diseases. Those people are not commanded to fast.