Pregnant and Breastfeeding During Ramadan ~ Hi All! In the last few articles, I have explained Islamic tolerance for Muslim women so that in some conditions they may not fast. In this article, I will still discuss that. The question I want to explain is, what is the view of Islam on Muslim women who are pregnant or who are breastfeeding their babies? Do they still have to fast or not?
Pay attention! I will present one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Pregnant and Breastfeeding During Ramadan
The hadith about pregnant and breastfeeding during Ramadan that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَنَسٍ بْنِ مَالِكٍ الْكَعْبِيِّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : إِنَّ اللهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَضَعَ عَنِ الْمُسَافِرَ شَطْرَ الصَّلَاةِ , وَعَنِ الْمُسَافِرِ وَالْحَامِلِ وَالْمُرْضِعِ الصَّوْمَ أَوِ الصَّيَامَ
From Anas bin Malik al-Ka’biy radliyallahu anhu from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, he said, “Indeed Allah ‘Azza wa Jalla revoked half of the prayers from people who traveled, and He revoked the obligation of fasting from people who traveled, women pregnant, and breastfeeding women.”
All readers! If we look at the hadith above, the answer to the two questions above is;
One; That Islam does not require Muslim women who are pregnant to fast.
Two; That Muslim women who are pregnant are not required to fast.
But there is an important point that I want to explain here, that there is some more detailed information that we must know about our discussion this time;
One; If a Muslim woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding is concerned about the health and safety of her baby, then she may not fast. Instead, after Ramadan, and she has been able to fast and not worry about the safety of herself and her baby, then she must fast. If she does not fast for 5 days in Ramadan, then she must fast for 5 days too. What we need to remember is that he is only obliged to replace the fast that she left behind, she is not obliged to feed poor people.
Two; If a Muslim woman is pregnant or is worried about the health and safety of herself and her baby, then she may not fast. Instead, she must feed to replace the fast that she left behind and she is not obliged to feed poor people. The result of this second case is the same as the result of the first case.
Three; If a Muslim woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding is only concerned about herself, then her status is the same as the status of the sick person. Meaning; if a medical diagnosis stipulates that fasting that she can do can harm her while she cannot bear the danger, she cannot fast; if a medical diagnosis stipulates that fasting she does will not affect her, then she must fast; if a medical diagnosis determines that the fast he will do can have an effect on her and she is able to overcome that influence, then she is better not to fast.
Now, after we read the explanation above, do you understand? I hope you understand. But, if you don’t understand, please ask!
That’s a brief explanation about pregnant and breastfeeding during Ramadan.
See you again in the next article!