Does one who does not fast become a disbeliever (kaafir)?

Question: Is the one who does not fast, even though he is not ill or anything, become a kaafir, despite performing his (obligatory) prayers?

Answer: One who does not fast because he rejects it’s obligation then he is a kaafir by concensus. As for one who does not fast because he is lazy and negligent then he does not become a kaafir, however he is in great danger due to his leaving off a pillar from the pillars of Islaam upon which their obligation has been agreed.

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Verdicts, comprising –
Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee;
Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Qu’ood
Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 748, Fatwa No.759;
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No.6060

Published: 30 December 1999