When a labourer has no alternative but to break his fast

When a labourer has no alternative but to break his fast
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When a labourer has no alternative but to break his fast

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Apr 05, 2021

Question:

A man was engaged is hard physical labour during the month of
Ramadan. His employer refused to give him leave. He was overcome by
severe thirst which was beyond what he could bear. There was a
danger that he will die or go mad. He therefore broke his fast. Is qada
and kaffarah wajib on him?

Answer:

Only qada is wajib on this person, and not kaffarah because he was in a
severe state of compulsion. And when a person breaks his fast out of
compulsion, there is no kaffarah.

The above text means that if a person fears death or lunacy, or a slave
the woman is engaged in physical labour and she fears for her life, then
there is leeway for him or her to open the fast, and to make qada later
on.

Bahishti Zewar:

If a person is so thirsty or hungry that he fears losing his life, it will be
permissible for him to break his fast.1

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

REFERENCE:

1 Bahishti Zewar, vol. 3, p. 17.

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