The Fasts of Ramadaan
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.