Can I Combine the Six Fasts of Shawwal with Make-up Fasts of Ramadaan?


Question: I recently heard on Islamic radio that we can fast the six days of Shawwal with two niyyah (intentions):

  1. Making up the days we didn’t fast during the month of Ramadan (for women) and
  2. Fasting the six days of Shawwal (like a simultaneous fast).

I read on a scholar’s website that we cannot fast the six days of Shawwal before actually finishing the fasting of the month of Ramadan, i.e. – the way I understood it – the concept of two niyyah does not apply. Any suggestions?

Answer: The correct opinion is that one cannot combine intentions because each act is a separate act of worship. The contention that one must fast the days of Ramadan first, while respected, is not the strongest based on the dalil (evidence):

  1. Many of the companions would delay their Ramadan fasts until the month of Sh’aban. We can assume that before that time they observed other fasts.
  2. The obligation to make up the days of Ramadan is for the entire year (as held by most jurists) and according to many, for one’s entire lifetime. There is no explicit proof that one must make the days up in a year’s time save an implicit narration of `Ayesha radiallahu ‘anha (may Allah be pleased with her): “It happens that I have to make up days of Ramadan and I will not make up (these days) but in Sh’aban.” (Imam Muslim)

What does this mean?

  1. Do not combine intentions.
  2. Fast the six days first.

And Allah knows best.

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Lailatul Qadr – Ramadaan 1435

As far as determining the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is concerned, it has been reported to be during one of the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. This will correspond with the night of the 18th, 20th, 22nd, 24th or 26th of July, 2014. It has been emphasized that it is most likely to be the 27th night.
As far as the signs of Lailatul-Qadr are concerned:

  1. The sun rises early in the morning without rays.
  2. Rain may fall either during the night or during the day of that night.
  3. During night the sky will be lightly foggy.
  4. The sky will be slightly lighted without reflections and without rays.
  5. The angels and Gabriel all descend down onto earth for many purposes.

If you are interested in living the Night of Power, let me remind you of some of the things that you might have to do.

  1. Try to observe it during the last ten days of Ramadan, at the time of sunrise, during the days and the nights.
  2. On the nights one may spend the time collectively and/or individually observing the following activities:
  • Recitation of the Our’an.
  • Prayers-Nafl after Taraweeh.
  • Remembrance of Allah or zikr
  • Supplication or Du’a for you and for others.
  • Pondering and contemplating into the universe, the creation of the Heavens and the   Earth:  “…and they contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heaven and the earth….”(3:191)
  • Reading books of Hadeeth so as to enjoy the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
  • Reading Tafseer of Qur’an.
  • Giving charity to others if you can afford it.
  • Trying to explain Islam, if you know something about it, to those next to you so they will benefit from you.
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Tips for the Last 10 Nights – 22nd Ramadaan, 1434

“Seek it (laylatul qadr) in Ramadan in the last ten nights. For verily, it is during the odd nights, 21st 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan.”
Sahih Hadith Ahmad 5:318)

Tips for the Last 10 Nights 

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better – Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet! Start with a positive, sincere intention!
2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!
3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night! Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?
4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah! The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”
5. Memorize and keep asking the dua’ taught by Rasulullah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam): Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
6. Prepare a short dua’ list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny! Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief! You need from Allah-Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready then use it in your prayers.
7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.
8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up atleast for sometime! Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!
9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!
10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude. Keep your mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.
11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb! So switch off those phones, wifi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-‘Afuww!
12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt dua’a, reading the Qur’an. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!
13. Patience is the Key: The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm sabr. Think how Allah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might NEVER come again in your life again. If you knew for sure that this was your last #Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?
14. This is most important: Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allah (good expectations from Allah). When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from ar-Rahman, ar-Raheem! —
Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), should I find myself the “Laylatul Qadr”, what shall I pray. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: say, Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tohibbul’afwa fa’fu anna “O Allah, Thou art the One who grants pardon for sins. Thou lovest to pardon, so O pardon me.” (Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi)
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Thikr to be recited often during Ramadaan

الشهد ان لا اله الّا الله

Ash hadu Allah ilaha illallah

أستغفر الله


أسألك الجنّة وأعوذ بك من النّار

As’aluk aljannata Wa a’udhubika minan naar

اللهمّ إنّك عفوّ تحبّ العفو فاعف عنّى

Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul’afwa fa’fua’anni

English translation

I testify that there is no god but Allah,

I beg forgiveness of Allah,

Grant me paradise,

and I seek refuge in Allah from the punishment of hell.

O Allah, You love forgiving, so please forgive me

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Earn OVER One Million good deeds in just 5 minutes this Ramadaan

11th of Ramadaan, 1434

At a Jumuah lecture yesterday, the moulana giving the English lecture provided a framework for Muslims to easily increase their good deeds. He provided the example of an employee who was given the good news by his employer that his remuneration on the pay day in that particular month will be increased 70 times. In order for the employee to have to attain this salary he did not have to do anything extra. Imagine earning 6 years of salary in one month. If this was offered to us in this material world we would jump at this opportunity and without prompting would offer the employer extra services.

The month of Ramadaan provides us with this opportunity. Given the fact that each fara’id is multiplied seventy times and that sunnah act is equivalent to a fara’id, how can we allow this opportunity to go by.

Its VERY easy to Earn 500 good deeds a day in Ramadaan.
If you were to manage 500 good deeds every day of Ramadan, you would receive (70 times 500 = 35000) multiplied by 30 days……….1,050,000 deeds! One million fifty thousand deeds!

Just say Subhanallah 100 times, Alhamdullilah 100 times, Allahu Akbar 100 times, La ilaha il Allah 100 times and Astaghfar allah 100 times.

Imagine how much we can earn by doing MUCH more than this!

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Stories of the prophets



Stories Of The Prophets

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The most excellent manner of seeking forgiveness

Assalamu Alaykum Brothers and Sisters


The noble month of Ramadaan is upon us. In South Africa, the 1st Taraweeh Salaah will insha-Allah take place tomorrow night, the 9th of July, 2013. Ramadaan is known as a month where Muslims all over the world, exert themselves in the path of Allah more than any other months. One of the aims of a Muslim is seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness. I have attached a link to a publication by Sheikh Abdur-Razzaaq ibn Abdul-Muhsin al-Abbaad. This lecture details the virtues and benefits of seeking forgiveness providing examples from the noble Quraan.


I hope that this will prove a benefit to each and everyone that makes the effort to read this document, Ameen.


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