Suffers from OCD that If She Fasts Entire Ramadan She Will Die
Fatwa No: 423985

Question

For last 4 years I am suffering from OCD. But I have always regularly offered namaz and fasts. But due to OCD shaitan whispers come in my mind. My question is that now a days in Ramadhan I am having thoughts like if I fasted for all month then I will die .And intensity of these thoughts is that much that it leads to anxiety ,panic and depression for me by thinking that I will die. So can I skip some fasts this year due to fear of death. Is it a shirk? Or I will be out of Islam? Please answer.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is impermissible for you to give up fasting in Ramadhaan because of these whisperings. Rather, it is incumbent on you to resist them and try to get rid of them. You have to fast the whole month and not give in to these delusions. If you gave up fasting on any of the days of Ramadhaan (because of that reason), then it is a serious sin that necessitates repentance and making up for the missed fasting days. However, it does not count as an act of disbelief that takes the doer out of the fold of Islam.

Allah Knows best.

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