Breaking a fast of Ramadhaan

Q: When I was 14 or 15 years old I was angry at something and I stupidly broke my Ramadan fast by drinking water out of anger. I knew my fast broke but I did not eat or drink anything after. I was not aware of the kaffarah masaail as well. Will I have to keep 60 consecutive kaffarah fasts or just 1 qada?

A: Besides the qadha of the fast you had broken, you will also have to fulfil the kaffara for the broken fast. The kaffara for a fast that was broken in the month of Ramadhaan is that one fasts for two lunar months consecutively. If one commenced the fast on the 1st of the lunar month, then upon the completion of two lunar months (irrespective of whether the lunar months were 29 days or 30 days), the kaffarah will be discharged and if one commenced the fast from the 2nd of the lunar month or anytime thereafter, then fasting for sixty days will be compulsory.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)