Can I Fast Arafah while I am Owing Fasts?

Answered by our Shaykh, the ‘Allāmah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu ‘Abdirrahmān Yahya bin ‘Ali Al-Hajūri – may Allāh preserve him – on the 10th, Muharram, 1442H


I owe a kaffāratl-yamīn (expiation for an oath) and kaffārah for feeding the poor, and I fasted Arafah while I was owing them, is there anything upon me or not?


No, there is nothing upon you, for the fasting of the day of Arafah is a great virtue, and the kaffārah remains upon you, whether it is kaffāratl-yamīn or other than it from expiations, and it is upon you to hasten in fulfilling the expiations.

بادروا بالأعمال فتن كقطع من الليل المظلم

“Hasten to do good deeds (before you are overtaken by) trials like a piece of the dark night.”

“فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ”

“therefore hasten to (do) good works;” [Al-Baqarah, 148]

“وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ”

“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden” [Āl-‘Imrān, 133]

Transcribed to Arabic by : Abūl-Majd bin Muhammad (may Allāh reward him with good)

Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi

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