Can I Combine My Intentions for a Missed Ramadan Fast and An Optional Sunnah Fast?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani


Can I combine my intention for a missed Ramadan fast with an optional Sunnah fast (such as Shawwal, Muharram, Mondays, etc.)?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Yes, it is valid to make the intention to make up missed Ramadan fasts and to make a secondary ‘sunna’ intention–such as fasting the six days of Shawwal or the sunna of fasting Mondays and Thursdays.

And Allah alone gives success.
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a recognized specialist scholar in the Islamic sciences, having studied under leader scholars worldwide. He is the Founder and Executive Director of SeekersGuidance.

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He was privileged to learn from the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas in Damascus. Shaykh Adib al-Kallas was renowned as the foremost theologian of his time. Shaykh Faraz also studied under Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi in Damascus. Shaykh Hassan is recognized as one of the leading Hanafi jurists of our era.

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