My parents are very old and have a hard time fasting.

Q: My parents are very old and find it too difficult to fast. Are they allowed to break their fast in Ramadan?

A: Yes. If your parents are very old and find it VERY difficult to fast, they can break their fast and feed a poor person for every day they miss as a replacement. The amount of food required to give is equivalent to the kafarah/expiation ( 1 mudd of wheat or half saa' of other staple food types).

The ruling for someone afflicted with a chronic/terminal illness is the same. If they are applicable to follow a concession such as travel, they are not obliged to feed a poor person for that day(s).

Source: Sharh al-Muntaha

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