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He killed a Christian by mistake – should he fast for two consecutive months?

Allaah decreed that I should hit a Christian person in a car accident, and it was ruled that I was 25% to blame. I have paid the diyah (blood money), but my question is, should I fast for two months or not?.

Praise be to Allaah.  

Whoever accidentally kills a Christian who is a dhimmi (one with whom we have a contract or treaty of al-dhimmah (i.e., one who lives in a Muslim state)) or a musta’man (one who has entered the Muslim land and has been guaranteed safety, such as those who come to do business, to work, to visit relatives, and so on) or is partly responsible for his death, must offer expiation (kafaarah), according to the majority of scholars. 

Ibn Qudaamah  (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Mughni (12/224): It (expiation) must be offered for killing a kaafir who is protected (by sharee’ah), whether he was a dhimmi or musta’man. This is the view of the majority of scholars). See also the answer to question no. 33683 

As the specialists have ruled that you are partly responsible for this accident, so you are regarded as being partly responsible for this death. If a number of people are responsible for an accidental death, then each one of them must offer expiation in full. This is the view of the four imams. See al-Mughni, 12/226. 

The expiation for accidental killing is to free a slave; if the person cannot do that then he must fast for two consecutive months, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“and if he belonged to a people with whom you have a treaty of mutual alliance, compensation (blood money — Diya) must be paid to his family, and a believing slave must be freed. And whoso finds this (the penance of freeing a slave) beyond his means, he must fast for two consecutive months in order to seek repentance from Allaah. And Allaah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise”

[al-Nisa’ 4:92] 

And Allaah knows best.

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