Every Muslim past the age of puberty is obligated to fast during the month of Ramadan, as long as they are physically able. People who are sick, travelling, women who are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding are exempt from the fast and are encouraged to make up missed days at a later time. People who cannot fast at all due to old age or chronic illness that requires food, drink and/or doses of medication throughout the day, are encouraged to feed the poor in lieu of fasting. Whatever our conditions or challenges, every Muslim can share in the blessings of the month of Ramadan.
Naima Barbour serves as Secretary for the Islamic Society of Central New York and is a volunteer at Rahma Clinic, a free health clinic in Syracuse, NY.
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