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Can You Fast Ashura along with Missed Ramadan Fasts?

15 July, 2024
Q I still have days to make up for Ramadan and I want to fast `Ashura’. Is it permissible for me to fast `Ashura’ before I have made up for the fasts I owe? Can I fast `Ashura’ and the 11th of Muharram with the intention of making up for the Ramadan fasts, and will I get the reward for fasting `Ashura’?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

There is nothing wrong in making a double intention by fasting the missed day(s) of obligatory fasting in Ramadan while fasting the day of Ashura and the 11th of Muharram.

The Standing Committee for Islamic Research and Iftaa’ issued the following fatwa:

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First, it is better not to observe voluntary fasts when you still owe one or more days from Ramadan. Rather you should start with the fasts that you owe from Ramadan, and then observe voluntary fasts.

Second, if you fast the 10th and 11th of Muharram with the intention of making up for days that you owe from Ramadan, then it is permissible and will make up for two of the days that you owe.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Actions are judged but by intentions, and everyone shall have but that which he intended.” (Al-Bukhari)

We hope that you will have the reward for making up the missed fast and the reward for fasting that day.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.