Eating after sehri ends

Q: I woke up this morning and drank water after fajr. Not realizing I needed to fast today. However, since then I haven't eaten or drank and want to keep my fast. Would it be accepted? I didn't know I had to fast today and a friend told me. 

A: Since you had eaten, you cannot make the niyyat to fast later on.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)