Who is exempted from Fasting:

Even though fasting in Ramadan is obligatory upon every able Muslim, Allah has pardoned and excused certain people from fasting if they are unable to fast during Ramadan due to certain legitimate reasons. In Surah Al-Baqarah (2:185), Allah Has clearly mentioned that sick people and travelers are exempted from fasting during Ramadan. In addition to that, in the light of this Ayah and according to many scholars, following people are also exempt from fasting:


  1. Physically or Mentally ill people
  2. Travelers
  3. Women during menstruation
  4. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  5. Elderly People (if fasting will cause their health to deteriorate further)
  6. Children who have not reached puberty

Things that invalidate(break) your fast:


  1. Eating and drinking intentionally
  2. Medication taken through nose or ears
  3. Vomiting
  4. Intimate relations
  5. Water accidentally goes down the throat whilst gargling
  6. Smoking a cigarette
  7. Chewing Gum