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Ok, so I am 15 and before Ramadan started I was going through a really depressive state, I was also living on a borderline eating disorder though I had not known it back then or during the start of ramadan. During Ramadan, my eating disorder unknowingly, only got worse and I became addicted to restricting. I would break my fast with half a cup of water and 400 calories maximum (terrible I know) and over exercise(burning around 200-600 calories average), sometimes if i was able too and felt i ate too much i would force my self to throw up. I recall myself fainting, collapsing several times over the course of fasting yet remained adamant to not break it. I then collapsed in front of my parents who have also noticed that my eating was irregular. My dad took me to my psychiatrist who I had seen for my depression, after 12 days of assessments (this was also around 2 weeks into Ramadan) I was diagnosed with Aneroxia (even though I am not underweight, I had lost 2.5 kilos in 18 days. I was told I had to stop fasting and eat regularily. I did under the pressure of my parents and doctors but only did so for 5 days then I went back to fasting, despite my doctors objections. Now Ramadan has finished, in total i have fasted around 18 days. Is that bad? i know i can make up for the others, but im very unhappy i was forced to break my fast for half of ramadan. Also, were my sypmtoms really enough to exempt me from fasting. I live in Britain so my doctor was not a muslim by the way.

Sorry for the long paragraph i just needed some guidance and needed to know if ive done any wrong doing as i feel desperately guilty.

As-salamu alaykum, Sister.

Anorexia is a serious condition, leading to severe complications (osteoporosis; infertility in women; heart and blood vessel problems; kidney and liver damage; and anaemia) in the long term - often as a result of malnutrition. Some of these complications can be permanent.

The scholars are agreed that a sick person who fears that fasting may make their illness worse - or that it may impede their recovery; or that it may damage a part of their body - has the option of not fasting. Indeed, it is Sunnah for them not to fast, and it is disapproved (makruh) for them to complete their fast, if this may lead to their death.

When your doctor advised you not to fast he was being correct, both medically and Islamically.

‘You who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was pre-scribed for those before you, so that you may be mindful of Allah. Fast for a specific number of days, but if one of you is ill, or on a journey, on other days later. For those who can fast only with extreme difficulty, there is a way to compensate - feed a needy person. But if anyone does good of his own accord, it is better for him, and fasting is better for you, if only you knew. It was in the month of Ramadan that the Qur’an was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast, and anyone who is ill or on a journey should make up for the lost days by fasting on other days later. Allah wants ease for you, not hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful.

(Al-Baqara: verses 183 - 185).

If it is possible, feed a needy person for each of the days that you missed.

Could you make up the days by fasting? ONLY if this could be done in such a manner as not to make your condition worse.

If neither of these options is truly possible for you, then perhaps you can carry out acts of kindness, with the intention (and this is important) of praising Allah (Subḥānahu ūta'āla), and of thanking Him for all the good things that He gives you.

I hope this helps

May the Lord of Mercy bless you, and keep you at His side.

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