Question # 73: Should the distribution of fidyah (for someone not fasting as a result of old age) be made on a daily basis for the entire Ramadan or can it made in lump sum by feeding 30 poor people in one go?

bismi-llahi r-raḥmani r-raḥīm,

Assalamu ‘laikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

All praise and thanks are due to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم).

Dear questioner,

First of all, we implore Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to help us serve His cause and render our work for His sake.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in Fatawa al-Siyam: “The sick person who has an ongoing sickness, and elderly people, both male and female, who are unable to fast, must feed one poor person for each day, whether that is by giving this food to the poor or by inviting the same number of poor people as days in the month to a meal, as Anas ibn Malik (رضي الله عنه) used to do when he grew old. He would gather together thirty poor people and that was instead of fasting for a month.”

Allahu A’lam (Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) knows best) and all Perfections belong to Allah, and all mistakes belong to me alone. May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) forgive me, Ameen.

Wassalaam