Performing Sunnah Fasts before Missed Fard Fasts

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As salamu alaikum,

A woman has to fast what she missed during Ramadan due to menstruation. Can she fast sunnah fast without yet fulfilling the missed fard fasts? Jazakallah. May Allah have mercy on you!

Country: Sri Lanka


Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,

It is permissible for her to fast sunnah fasts before completing the fasts missed due to menstruation or any valid excuse; yet if the excuse is not valid, then the missed obligatory fasts must be performed immediately. She must not delay in making up missed fasts until the next Ramadan. (I’anat al-Talibin v. 2, p. 395) Yet, it is disliked to perform supererogatory fasts before one has made up the missed obligatory fasts. (Nihayat al-Muhtaj v. 3, p. 208)

And Allah knows best.

Answered by: Ml. Tariq Muhammad

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