Replacement Fasts with Sunnah Fasts
  • Question:

    I have left my 4 fasts of Ramadan due to sickness. Now as Dhulhijjah and Muharram are coming and we know the importance of Nafil fast in these months. Can I make it for lost fasting on day of Arafah or 9th Muharram or any other day nafil fast is observed? Would I have a benefit of both in one count?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    If somebody fasts during Muharram or Dhu al-Hijjah as make-up (qadhā) or vow (nazr), it is hoped from the mercy of Allāh that one will still attain the reward of fasting for Muharram and Dhu al Hijjah.
    It would be better to perform the make-up (qadhā) fasts exclusively and perform the nafl fasts with an exclusive intention.

    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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