UAE: Muslims are exempted from fasting during Ramadan in these six cases

This year, fasting will begin at around 13 hours and 45 minutes and continue for roughly 14 hours and 25 minutes as the holy month comes to a close in the UAE.

Islam provides clear guidelines, offering flexibility to individuals facing specific circumstances during Ramadan. UAE residents will observe fasts ranging from approximately 13 hours and 45 minutes to about 14 hours and 25 minutes this year.

There are a lot of misunderstandings about fasting in religious rituals and traditions, particularly about who is expected to fast and who is not. Muslims can find some leeway in their religious practices according to specific guidelines that Islam has laid down. For those who fall into one of these six categories, fasting throughout Ramadan is not required.

There are six categories of individuals exempted from fasting:

Physical illness:

Those temporarily ill are excused from fasting until recovery, with the obligation to make up for missed fasts afterward. However, individuals feeling fatigued or tired while fasting but not risking their health may not break their fast unless it becomes life-threatening or interferes with daily duties.

Mental illness and old age:

People with cognitive impairments due to mental illness or old age are exempt. Elderly individuals in poor health may also abstain from fasting and compensate through 'fidyah' donations.


Travelers not intending to stay in one place and those not traveling for sinful reasons are exempt. They must make up for missed fasts later.

Menstruating and pregnant women:

Menstruating women and those with postnatal bleeding are exempt and must compensate later. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are excused if fasting poses health risks to them or their children.


Individuals forced to break their fast in life-threatening situations may do so but must make up for it afterward.

Unbearable thirst and hunger:

If hunger and thirst become unbearable and potentially life-threatening, fasting may be broken, with the obligation to compensate later.

These exemptions reflect Islam's consideration for individual well-being and ensure that religious obligations do not endanger health or safety.

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