Breaking a nafl fast without a valid excuse

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Q: A friend of mine bagan keeping a Shawwal fast. About 10:00 she decided to break her fast although she did not have a valid reason to. Is this permissible? Or does one have to have a valid reason to break a Shawwal fast?


A: Without a valid excuse, it is not permissible to break the fast. She should make tawbah and make qadha of the broken fast.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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