Is It Permissible to Combine Missed Ramadan Fasts with Dhul-Hijjah Fasts?

22 July, 2020
Q Is it permissible to combine the intention in fasting missed days of Ramadan with the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah?

Answer

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:

It is permissible to combine the intention on fasting the missed days of Ramadan and the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, except the ninth day, the Day of Arafah. Fasting this day expiates the sins of both a previous and coming year.


Responding to your question, Dr. Mahmud Al-Khayami, Head of Islamic Studies Dept., Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, stated:

All Muslims should do their best to do good deeds in these best days of the year; the days of Dhul-Hijjah.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “No days in which the good deeds are better than these days – referring to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah.” (Al-Bukhari)

It is permissible to combine the intention on fasting the missed days of Ramadan and the first nine days of Dhul-Hijjah, except the ninth day, the Day of Arafah. Fasting this day expiates the sins of both a previous and coming year.

A man asked the he Prophet (PBUH)  about fasting the Day of Arafah, he said, “I hope it expiates the sins of the previous and the next year.” (Muslim)

Therefore, you should fast this day with a particular intention, not combining any intention with it, so that you can get the great reward which the Prophet promised in the above hadith.

Almighty Allah knows the best.

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