Breaking Sawm in Ramadan for a patrolling policeman
During my service as a military guard of
King `Abdul-`Aziz (may Allah be merciful to him), we traveled from Al-Ta'if to Riyadh. In the middle of Ramadan, while we were observing Sawm (Fast), tents were set up for us at
by Fajr (Dawn). I had the guns gathered and appointed a guard to take care of them for two hours before noon. It was such a sweltering summer that I felt unbearable thirst. At the end I found myself forced to drink. Then I abstained and completed fasting. I did so in spite of the fact that neither I nor any other person of the guard knew whether we were to be considered travelers or residents. Asking a religious scholar about the ruling in this regard, he stated that a day of Ramadan cannot be made up for through observing Sawm on another day. Please advise about the ruling on that!
If the reality is as you have mentioned, then you have an excuse for breaking your Sawm. You did well in completing fasting the day. You have to fast a day in place of the day on which you broke Sawm with an excuse. You have mentioned in your inquiry that you have already fasted a day to make up for the missed day, thus this suffices you. Allah is full of mercy towards His Servants. (Part No. 10; Page No. 231) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.