Question and Answer:
Q. I have started keeping my Qaza fasts that I missed in Ramadaan due to menstruation. Is it pemissible to fast without having Sehri although an intention is made before going to bed.
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A. It is Sunnah to partake of Suhoor before fasting. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has encouraged Suhoor and has stated that it is a time of blessings.
It is narrated on the authority of Anas ibn Malik (Radiallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “Partake of Suhoori, for indeed there is a great blessing (Barakah) in Suhoor”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 1923)
It is important that one has Suhoor before fasting as it is Sunnah as well as a means of strength to the body during fasting.
Nevertheless, if you do omit Suhoor and make the intention of keeping a Qadha fast when retiring to bed at night, the fast will be valid.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians