Is it permissible Islamically for a person to break his fast because his work schedule is difficult?

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Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam which is established by the Qur’an and Sunnah and by the consensus of the ummah. It is not permissible for Muslims to break the fast without a legitimate religious excuse, such as sickness or travel.

A person can take a leave of absence during Ramadan, he can reduce his workload during this month, or he can change his work to something easier.
If he can’t reduce his work schedule and he is facing hardship during the fast, this is not an acceptable reason for breaking the fast, and he has to be patient and seek the help of Allah to help keep his fast intact.

Allah says (what can be translated as):
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘O My slaves who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism), be afraid of your Lord (Allah) and keep your duty to Him. Good is (the reward) for those who do good in this world, and Allah’s earth is spacious (so if you cannot worship Allah at one place, then go to another)! Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning” [al-Zumar 39:10]


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