Fasting qadha fasts in Shawwaal

Q: I missed two days of fasting in Ramadhaan due to menstruation and I have missed 15 days of fasting from the previous Ramadhaans. In order to obtain the reward of fasting six days in Shawwal, must I make up all 17 fasts first or only two?

In addition to this I forgot to keep the intention for some of the fasts of Ramadhaan, must I make an estimate and make up these fasts? If yes then should I do this also before fasting the six days of Shawwal?


1. It is better to keep your qadha before keeping nafl fasts (the six fasts of shawaal or any other nafl). However, if you fast the shawaal fasts before keeping your 17 qadha fasts, the shawaal fasts will be valid.

2. If you made sehri and knew that you will be fasting on that day, then this is sufficient as your niyyat.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)