Is it permissible to break your fast in Ramadan due to work? -Shaykh ibn al-’Uthaymeen

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Is it permissible to break your fast in Ramadan due to work?

By Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him

Question: What is your opinion, O virtuous Shaykh, regarding the one who finds difficulty in fasting [during Ramadan] due to his work; is it permissible for him to break his fast?

Answer: My opinion regarding this issue is that breaking one’s fast due to work is prohibited and not permissible. If it is not possible to combine between fasting and work then that person should take a leave of absence for the month of Ramadan until it is possible for him to [complete his] fast. That is because fasting in Ramadan is a pillar from the pillars of Islam and it is not permissible to abandon it.

Source: Arkaan al-Islaam: Question #394

Translated by: Abu Awzaa’ee AbdusSalaam

الفقير الى الله

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