Q: I had a car accident in which the other person died (may Allah be merciful to him). As it was my mistake, I paid the Diyah (blood money), and I still have to pay the Kaffarah (expiation).
I was told that the Kaffarah in this case is observing Sawm (fasting) for two consecutive months, which is very difficult for me. Please advise whether there is another alternative,
given that I am a military officer, and it is very difficult for me to observe Sawm for two consecutive months. Besides, man is weak. However, one should obey the orders of Allah (Glorified be He). Please advise concerning the best way to make this Kaffarah. If there is no other way, can I observe Sawm on separate intervals according to my circumstances?
You have to emancipate a believing slave. If you cannot do so, you have to observe Sawm for two consecutive months whenever you are able to. There is no harm in delaying Sawm until you are able to observe it consecutively. However, it is impermissible to observe Sawm on separate intervals, (Part No. 21; Page No. 280) as it is contrary to Allah's orders. There is no substitute for Sawm.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.