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Qaza Fasts – Skipping Sehri

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.

(There may be grammatical and spelling errors in the above question. Questions are published as received)

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

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)

Council of Muslim Theologians

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