Combining expiratory fasts with the 6 days of Shawwaal

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Combining expiratory fasts with the 6 days of Shawwaal▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: A man is due two consecutive month’s worth of expiratory fasts, yet he wants to fast the six days of Shawwaal. Is it permissible for him to do that?

📝 Answer:

It is permissible, but it’s better to prioritise the expiation – that’s if you intend commencement (of the 6 days while owing expiratory fasts), but if you intend wedging the six days of Shawwaal into the two months, then this is not permissible; this would (interrupt the sequence, therefore) invalidate the fast, and so he would have to resume fasting (the two consecutive months) once more.


Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba-‘Alawi

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