Fasting the Six Days of Shawwal & the Qadha' Fast of Ramadhan Concurrently

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Shihab ad-Din ar-Ramli (r.a.), issued a verdict in response to a question from a man who had some unperformed fast days of Ramadhan and the permissibility of making them up in Shawwal.  The man asked, “Is it possible to make up unperformed fast days of Ramadhan in Shawwal and at the same time attain the Reward of fasting the six days of Shawwal and is there any textual proof for this?”

Imam ar-Ramli (r.a.) replied, “Fasting in Shawwal fulfills the obligation of making up the unperformed fast days of Ramadhan, even if by these days, one intended to observe another fast and one attains the reward of fasting the six days of Shawwal.  Some latter scholars have mentioned this.”  The ruling for this is further based on an analogy to entering the mosque and praying two raka’at before sitting down by which he intended an obligatory prayer or a voluntary prayer associated with the prescribed prayer.  He will therefore attain the reward for praying the two raka’at of greeting the mosque.


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