Fasting Ashoora for One Who Still Owes Days from Ramadan

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A fatwa translated into English in which Sh. Muhammad Saleh Al-Munajjid (may Allah preserve him) answers the following question: I still have days to make up for Ramadan and I want to fast Ashoora. Is it permissible for me to fast Ashoora before I have made up the fasts I owe? Can I fast Ashoora and the eleventh of Muharram with the intention of making up the Ramadaan fasts, and will I get the reward for fasting Ashoora?

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    Fasting 'Ashoora' for one who still owes days from Ramadaan

    صوم عاشوراء لمن عليه قضاء رمضان

    [ إنجليزي - English ]

    Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid

    محمد صالح المنجد

    Translation: Islam Question and Answer website

    Format: Islamhouse website


    ترجمة: موقع الإسلام سؤال وجواب
    تنسيق: موقع islamhouse

    2012 - 1433

    Fasting 'Ashoora' for one who still owes days from Ramadaan

    I still have days to make up for Ramadaan and I want to fast 'Ashoora'. Is it permissible for me to fast 'Ashoora before I have made up the fasts I owe? Can I fast 'Ashoora' and the eleventh of Muharram with the intention of making up the Ramadaan fasts, and will I get the reward for fasting 'Ashoora'?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Firstly:

    You should not observe voluntary fasts when you still owe one or more days from Ramadaan, rather you should start with the fasts that you owe from Ramadaan, and then observe voluntary fasts.

    Secondly:

    If you fast the tenth and eleventh of Muharram with the intention of making up days that you owe from Ramadaan, that is permissible and will make up for two of the days that you owe. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Actions are judged but by intentions, and every person will have but that which he intended."

    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah, 11/401

    We hope that you will have the reward for making up the missed fast and the reward for fasting that day.

    Fataawa Manaar al-Islam, by Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), 2/358.

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