Shawwal Fasts - Do I Make Up Missed Ramadan Fasts Before Fasting in Shawwal?
  • Question:

    Is it necessary to make missed Ramadan fasts before we fast the Shawwal fasts?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Mandatory fasting should always be given priority and preference over optional and voluntary deeds. That being said, it would be preferred to make up for the missed fasts of Ramadān before fasting for Shawwāl. However, if someone does fast the optional Shawwāl fasts prior to completing the missed mandatory Ramadān fasts, it will be valid and permissible, but not the best thing to do.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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