Can we Observe Optional Fasts whilst Qadha Fasts still Outstanding?

5th August 2018

 السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Question: Can we fast nafil fasts eg shawwal, ashura ect even though we have our fardh fasts to make due to haidh, nifās etc?  Also after Ramadān. I want to observe the Shawwāl nafil fasts so do I have to make up for my Qadha fasts first or can I observe the six days of Shawwāl fasts and then keep my missed fardh fasts?


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Generally, it would be permissible for a woman to observe the Sunnah and Nafil (optional) fasts even though she has previous Qadha fasts due upon her. However, it should be remembered that by keeping the Sunnah and Nafil fasts, the condition is that it should not cause physical weakness body nor make one lazy in making up the Qadha fasts. If this is the case then she must primarily make for her previous Qadha fasts then observe the Sunnah and Nafil fasts.


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Written by:  Apa Sajeda        Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam    

JKN Fatawa Department