Is it Necessary for a Pregnant Woman to Fast?


I would like to know that is it necessary for a pregnant woman to fast? If she has lost alot of weight during the initial months and the Doctor has advised not to fast, even she herself feels she’l gt too dehydrated if she fasts but still wants to fast as she fears she wont be able to make qaza of the missed fasts. In such a condition what should she do, what does Islam say regarding such an issue, and if she fasts what ajar will she get? Please guide.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Shari’ah has permitted the woman not to fast as she is pregnant. She should not exert herself to the extent of harming herself. She can make up for the qadha fast after birth.

And Allah knows best.


Mufti Ebrahim Desai,

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