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#1056: Does Ruqya On A Fasting Woman Possessed By Jinn Nullify Her Fast?

“Assalaamualeykum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh. Good evening My question is :
If a sister is Fasting and had a jinn attack which requires been Treated by the sunnatic way, can she still continue her Fasting or is it nullified during the process of ruqya?


Wa Alaykum Salam Warahmatullah Wabarakaatuh.


There is nothing we have come across in the Shariah of Allah to suggest that the observation of Ruqyah nullifies the Fast.

Second, know that as regards the one who was afflicted by insanity, then the position of the Fuqahaa with respect to him and his fast is that it is not obligatory upon him while he was in insanity. This is because the Intellect (‘Aql) is a condition for the obligation of anything that is obligated in the Shar’iah. Intellect is the ability to understand and comprehend the statement of the Law giver and to understand that a Command or a forbiddance has been given.

This is the position of the Fuqahaa, Abu Hanifah, Malik, Ash-Shaafi’i, Ahmad bn Hanbal and the Fuqahaa in general.

They held therefore that if he were to regain his sanity thereafter, it was not required of him to compensate for the missed days. This is because at the time of his insanity, fasting was not obligatory upon him.

Abu Hanifah and Ath-Thawri held that he would only compensate for the missed days if he regained his sanity back within the month of Ramadaan but will not if his sanity came back after the month.

This later position is weak as the Rasul salallahu alayhi wasallam has already mentioned the insane one among those from whom the pen has been lifted.

What therefore is strong and sound regarding the insane one is that at the moment of his insanity, there is no obligation of Fasting on him and it is not required of him to compensate for the missed fasts when he regains his sanity.

An-Nawawi mentioned this in Al-Majmu’. Likewise Ibn Qudaamah in Al-Mughni.

Third, the one who loses consciousness by way of fainting or otherwise, then there are two scenarios.

The first, that this unconsciousness was for part of the day.

In this case, there is nothing wrong with his fast. He must continue his fast immediately his consciousness returns. This is the position favoured by the Shaafi’i and Hanbali Schools and it is the stronger position as posited by An-Nawawi in Al-Majmu’.

The second scenario is a situation where the unconsciousness has taken the entire day or the entire month. Is there an obligation upon him to compensate for the Fast of the days he was unconscious?

The position of the majority of the Fuqahaa is that it is obligatory upon him to compensate for those days.

Their reason for this is that they considered unconsciousness as a form of illness. And the ruling of all forms of illnesses is to compensate for the missed days as Allah said:

فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍۢ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ

“but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later.”

What is apparent is that the one who is afflicted by the possession of the Jinn, and may Allah protect us from that and heal those who are afflicted, is like the one who fell unconscious and the same ruling that applies to the unconscious in the both scenarios mentioned applies to him.

And Allah knows best.

Barakallahu fikum

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