Suffers From Low Hemoglobin; Should he Fast?
Fatwa No: 401971

Question

If someone has pulmonary embolism or pulmonary hypertension, or his Hemoglobin is very low (8.5) (Very strong Anemia) should he/she still fast? Jazzakum Allah Khairan

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If it was proven by experience, or if the doctor told him that fasting harms him because of such illness, then it is permissible for him to break the fast; Allah Almighty Says (what means): {So whoever among you is ill or on a journey [during them] - then an equal number of days [are to be made up]...} [Quran 2:184]

However, if this disease is chronic, and there is no hope to recover from it, then he can feed one needy person for each day he breaks the fast. Nonetheless, if it is an illness from which he will recover, then it is obligatory on him to make up for the days he breaks whenever he becomes able to do so. He is not allowed to resort to feeding if he is able to make up.

Allah Knows best.

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