Should the woman who made up for missed days of Sawm intermittently re-observe Sawm consecutively?
Q: When I first began menstruating,
I did not observe Sawm (Fast) during Ramadan because I was so young. However, I made up for the missed Ramadan fasts intermittently in order not to be noticed by anyone. Is it permissible for me to re-observe Sawm consecutively? Am I liable for Kaffarah (expiation)? If yes, what is the amount to be paid as Kaffarah?
As-salamu `alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh (May Allah's Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you), may Allah preserve you.
It is sufficient for you to make up for the days of fasting you missed when you were young, even if intermittently. However, you are liable for Kaffarah if you delayed making them up till a subsequent Ramadan. In this case, you should feed a poor person for each day you delayed making up an amount of half a Sa` (1 Sa`=3 kg. Approx.) of the staple foodstuff. (Part No. 9; Page No. 278) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.