The Fasts of Ramadaan

The Fasts of Ramadaan

been made or not.
The Fasts of Ramadaan
1. If the intention of fasting for the fast of Ramadaan is made at night, the
fast will be valid. The intention was not made at night and even in the
morning one decided not to fast on that day. The day progressed
considerably and only thereafter the person realized that it is not good to
leave out afard duty and therefore made the intention of fasting – even then
his fast will be valid. But if he has already consumed some food in the
morning, he cannot make the intention of fasting.
2. If a person has not consumed any food or drink, then for the fasts of
Ramadaan he can make the intention of fasting until one hour 155

6. A person had taken a vow that if a certain work of his is fulfilled, he will

keep one or two fasts for the pleasure of Allah. Wnen the month of

Ramadaan commenced, he made the intention of keeping those fasts which

he had vowed to keep and not the fast of Ramadaan. Even then, the fast of

Ramadaan will be considered and not that of the vowed fast. The vowed

fast will have to be kept after Ramadaan.

In short, if any other intention is made in the month of Ramadaan, the fast

of Ramadaan will be considered. All other fasts will not be valid.

7. If the moon of Ramadaan is sighted on the 29th of Sha’baan, commence

fasting the following morning. However, if it is not sighted or cannot be

sighted because of clouds, do not fast the next morning as long as there is a

doubt as to whether Ramadaan has commenced or not. Instead, complete

the 30 days of Sha’baan and thereafter commence the fasts of Ramadaan.

8. Because of clouds, the moon was not sighted on the 29th of Sha’baan.

Do not even keep a nafl fast the following day. However, if a person is in

the habit of fasting on Mondays and Thursdays or any other specific day,

and coincidentally that day falls on the 29th, then in such a case it will be

preferable to keep this fast. Thereafter, if he receives the news of the

sighting of the moon on the 29th, the fast of Ramadaan will be fulfilled

with that very nafl fast. He does not have to make qada of it.