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How to Make Up for Missed Fast Days of Ramadan

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Muna
2012/07/02
As-salamu `alayakum. Dear Scholar, I wanted to ask you a question about the missed days during Ramadan because of menstrual time. Is there a specific limit on what days we have to fast before Ramadan and if we are supposed to make up our days in a row instead of skipping around. Please, answer as soon as possible. Jazak Allah Khair.
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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Dear sister, we cannot but appreciate your question, which emanates from a God-loving heart, as it shows your commitment to perform your missed fasts and the best time for that.

First of all, it should be known that the missed fast days have to be made up for. Either you have done this consecutively or with breaks, it is acceptable. However, it is preferable to hasten in fasting these days, as no one knows whenever his death hour would come.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

It is important for you to make up for the missed fasts as soon as possible; you may do them consecutively or split them, but you should complete them before the next Ramadan.

`Aishah, the beloved wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) says, “I would have missed fasts to make up for, and then I finish them before the next Ramadan.”

The issue, however, has been contentious among scholars: one group insists that making up for the missed fasts should be done consecutively; this is especially true if one has missed them all in a single stretch.

The second group says it can be made up consecutively or with breaks for Allah says:

{The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and (He desires) that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure you may be thankful.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 185)

In conclusion, you should hasten to make up for the missed fasts, and should do so before the arrival of Ramadan.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Excerpted with slight editorial modification from, askthescholar.com


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