Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: My questing are regarding intention and fasting.
I have some expiation fasts that i must make up for breaking my fast without a valid reason, fasts that were accidentally broken, and broken vow fasts for promises i made that i did not keep. Also, I want to fast the 6 days a shawal, and every other day as well. Can you kindly advise me how to go about accomplishing these tings?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
In general, the obligations are given precedence over all else. When these are taken care of, you can introduce the sunnas and voluntary acts.
Thus, you should make up your Ramadan fasts first, then fast the expiation, make up the fasts due for broken vows,and perform voluntary fasts.
With regards to the sunna fasts of Shawwal, you can combine your intention. See: Fasting Six Days of Shawwal – Ruling, Whether Consecutive, Combining Intentions, Wisdoms, and What if Unable to Fast?
And Allah alone gives success.