Eating after dawn in Ramadan
Fatwa No: 83582

Question

I have failed to wake before dawn in Ramadhaan and ate after dawn when it was still dark or a little dark. I ate because my parent(s) wanted me to and also being afraid that if I didn't eat anything my stomach will get so painful and hungry. If I didn't eat, I would be eating nothing for lots of hours and I'm 14 years old and my stomach would have hurt from lack of food. I also ate food which I didn't need to as my stomach got pretty full. Do I have to make up my fast after Ramadhaan even though I fasted the rest of the day but ate after dawn?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

Breaking the fast during the day in Ramadan without a legal excuse is a great major sin. Allaah warned us very strongly against it. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Whoever breaks the fast during one day in Ramadan without any legal excuse, he will not make up for that day even if he fasts eternally." [At-Tirmithi, Ibn maajah and others.]

The legal excuses that make it lawful for the person to break the fast are traveling or being sick, and the like.

As for feeling pain because of empty stomach or staying for many hours without eating, these are not legal excuses as they are normal during fasting.

So, now you should repent to Allaah and make up for the day you failed to fast as prescribed.  

Allaah knows best.

 

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