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I have family members saying i can skip fast if i go work a hard labor job? Is this permissible? Or is fast obligatory? Conflicting issue i believe i should pass on job in order to maintain fast. Am i correct? Hanafi fiqh

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Fasting of Ramadhan is obligatory upon all adult Muslim men and women. Those who are travelling or have a legitimate medical excuse may skip the Fasting and make up for it later. Women who are mentruating or pregnant or breastfeeding may also skip the Fasting to observe at later time. Those who are too elderly may compensate their Fasting by giving Fidya instead.

In your case, you must Fast during the month of Ramadhan. If work while Fasting becomes too hard for you then you may consider taking some time off so you can observe your Fasting properly. You should only consider skipping the Fast due to work if you are unable to sustain yourself for that time without work and Fasting is too difficult while working.

And Allah knows best

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

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