Your daughter is obliged to fast since she has reached puberty

02/07/2013| IslamWeb


I have a daughter who will be 11 years-old at the end of this month and she had a menstruation abut 6 months ago. So, now it is a must for her to fast and she is Al-Hamdulillaah. My question is: Is there any Fatwa which will allow her to rest, if she is really tired and if this is starting to affect her concentration at school following the "prayer" obligation where Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) advised us to use the force at the age of 10. Does fasting fall under the same category?


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  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Menstruation is one of the signs of maturity as we have mentioned in our Fataawa 83431 and 87018.

As long as your daughter has reached the age of puberty she has to fast and you should force her to fast if she does not want to fast during the month of Ramadan.

Saying that it is hard for her or that she cannot concentrate on studies is not an Islamicly valid reason not to observe fasting as we mentioned in our Fatwa 89317.

Allah Knows best.