Does One Have to Make up (Qada) For an Optional Fast (Nafl) after Breaking it? 

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Does one have to make up (Qada) for an optional fast (Nafl) after breaking it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is necessary (wajib) to make up (qada) a fast if one breaks it, whether it is due to an excuse or not.

If one breaks an optional fast due to the onset of menses, it will be necessary (wajib) to do makeup (qada) for it. Allah Most High said, “O believers! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, and do not let your deeds be in vain.” [Quran, 47:33; Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah; ‘Ala’ al-Din ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

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The Complete Guide to Fasting – SeekersGuidance
Fasting: A Comprehensive SeekersGuidance Reader – SeekersGuidance

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching 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 UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.