Elderly People -Harim)
When we speak of the elderly people, we are speaking of two
categories: the old person who has reached the point of absent-
mindedness and aimless talk, (al-hazyaan) the person who
cannot comprehend what he or she is doing or saying. There
will be no fast for these people, nor will they be required to
feed the needy for the days missed, because their case is like
that of a child before reaching the age of discretion, tamyeez.
But if he or she suffers relapses, the fast is mandatory on him,
while he comprehends and when he does not comprehend there
will be no fast. These rules about the elderly people apply to
the rest of their Islamic obligations, including Salaat, Hajj, etc.