Q. When I was young, after becoming Baaligh, I would eat Sehri and break my Ramadaan fasts at school without any valid reason. At that time, I was unware of the importance of fasting. This happened for approximately 3 Ramadaans. I have not kept any of the fasts or Kaffarahs as yet. Now that I fully understand its importance and am able to keep them, please advise how should I go about doing it?
A. In the enquired case, it is necessary for you to make Qadha by keeping each of the Ramadaan fasts broken intentionally without a valid Shari’ reason (approximately 90 fasts). The fasts may be kept in whatever manner is convenient for you.
Added to that, it is also necessary for you to keep one Kaffarah for all the fasts broken intentionally without a valid Shari’ reason. A Kaffarah is keeping 60 fasts consecutively (the days of Eid should not come in between). If the 60-day fast is interrupted without a valid Shar’i reason, then one has to recommence the 60-day fast. (Mabsoot 3/75)
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa