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Can a nursing mother observe fasts during the month of Ramadan?

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Is it required of a nursing mother to observe fasts during the month of Ramadhan ?


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Can a nursing mother observe fasts during the month of Ramadan?

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If the nursing mother, genuinely fears that her health, or the health of her baby might be affected by her keeping the fasts, then there is no harm is missing the fasts of Ramadan; but she will have to make up for the fasts later.  


But if the woman feels that the fasts will not affect her or the baby, then it is best she observes the fasts in the blessed month of Ramadan.   


The Messenger of Allah (saws) said in an authentic narration that if one leaves a fast in the month of Ramadan for no valid reason, and then fasts even for the rest of the year as an atonement, the blessings of that one day’s fast of Ramadan cannot be attained.


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