Qadha for missed fasts

Q: If I have not kept many fasts without any valid reason in my childhood, when I became baligh how do I fulfill it? Do I have to make kaffara? What is the kaffara and what if the amount of fasts is so many and I don't remember? 

A: If you had missed a fast after becoming baaligh then you will only keep one qadha for each fast that was missed. However, if you started the fast and then intentionally broke it then you will have to keep one qadha and also kaffarah. The kaffarah is to fast for sixty days consecutively. If you do not remember how many fasts were missed then estimate the amount and keep the fasts accordingly.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)