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At what age is one exempted from fasting?

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I have one question to ask:
What is the age limit which exempts an adult from fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan?
My father is 70 years old and I was told that he is exempted.Please confirm,and reply as soon as possible as fasting is coming up soon.

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At what age is one exempted from fasting?

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 183-184:

183 O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.

184 (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship) is a ransom the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more of his own free will, it is better for him and it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.


There is no particular age limit which would exempt a believing adult from the obligatory fasts of Ramadan. Rather than age, the condition of one’s health has been declared as the gauge for exemption. If one is ill, or fears that observing the fast might deteriorate one’s health; one may abstain from fasting and atone for this by paying the ‘fidya’ or ‘kaffarah’ of feeding one poor person for each fast missed.


It does not matter if one is 20 years of age or a 100; what matters is the health and condition of the person.


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