Compensation for not Fasting
Q: When compensating for not fasting, we are required to feed one poor person two meals for each day. Can we feed two poor persons one meal each?
A: Compensating for not fasting during Ramadan is normally by fasting a day instead. Feeding a poor person is acceptable as an alternative only when such compensation by fasting is impossible, either because the person concerned is too old or has a chronic illness that is unlikely to be cured. In this case, for each day of not fasting, the compensation is to feed one poor person two meals. Giving one meal each to two poor persons is not right because the relevant Qur’anic verse [2: 184] uses the singular form.