by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah | Translated and Abridged by Suhaib Webb
Question: What is obligatory upon the elderly who are unable to fast?
Answer: “If a person has reached old age and they are unable to fast, then feeding a person (for each day of fasting missed) is sufficient.” (ad-Daraqutni and al-Hakim) Allah says, “Allah does not burden a soul beyond its scope,” (Qur’an, 2:286) and “Allah intends to lighten things for you. And man was created weak” (Qur’an, 4:28). The principles of facilitation and ease are from the foundations of Islam.