Fasting

Are My Previous Makeup (Qada) Fasts Valid If I Didn’t Specify Each?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel

Question

After puberty, if I missed a fast due to menstruation, I used to make it up with the intention that it was the qada fast of Ramadan, without specifying whether it was the last or first fast that I was making up.

Are my previous makeup fasts still valid, or do I need to make them up again with proper intention?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are well.

Yes, your make up (qada) fasts are valid. Ramadan make-up (qada) fasts are those fasts that require an intention and specification of the “type” of fast, as well as that the intention be made the previous night before fajr, yet after maghrib, and you did both; made the intention and specified the type of fast. One does not have to specify if it is the first make up (qada), second make up (qada), etc. [’Ala’uddin Ibn ’Abidin, al-Hadiyyah al-’Ala’iyyah]

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I pray this helps with your question.
Wassalam,
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.