Is Nothing Wrong With Making Up Missed Ramadaan Fasts In
The Second Half Of Sha’baan
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
I had many days owing of Ramadaan
fasts because of pregnancy and giving birth, which
coincided with the time of Ramadaan. I have made them
up, praise be to Allaah, with the exception of the
last seven days.
I fasted three of them in the second half of Sha’baan,
and I want to do the rest before Ramadaan begins.
But I read on your site that it is not permissible to
fast in the second half of Sha’baan, except for a
person who habitually fasts. Please advise me, may
Allaah reward you. I want to know whether I should
fast the rest of these days that I owe, or not. If the
answer is no, then what is the ruling on the three
days that I have already fasted – do I have to make
them up again or not?.
Praise be to Allaah.
It was proven that the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “When Sha’baan is halfway
through, do not fast.” Narrated by Abu Dawood (3237);
Ibn Hibaan (1651); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in
There are some exceptions from this prohibition, as
1 –One who has a habit of fasting, such as a man who
habitually fasts on Mondays and Thursdays, which he
may do even after halfway through Sha’baan. The
evidence for that is the words of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “Do not
anticipate Ramadaan by fasting one or two days before
it, except a man who fasts regularly, who should
observe his usual fast.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari,
1914; Muslim, 1082.
2 – A person who started fasting before halfway
through Sha’baan, and connects what comes after the
halfway point to what came before. This is not
included in the prohibition either. The evidence for
that is the words of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased
with her) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to fast all
of Sha’baan and fast all of Sha’baan except a little.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1970; Muslim, 1165. This
version narrated by Muslim.
Al-Nawawi said: “He used to fast all of Sha’baan and
fast all of Sha’baan except a little.” The second
phrase is an explanation of the first, pointing out
that by “all” what is meant is “most”.
This hadeeth indicates that it is permissible to fast
after halfway through Sha’baan, but only for one who
joins that to what came before the halfway point.
3 – An exception from this prohibition is also made
for one who is making up missed Ramadaan fasts.
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo’
Our companions said: it is not correct to fast on the
“day of doubt” just before Ramadaan, and there is no
difference of scholarly opinion on this point … But if
a person fasts it to make up a missed day or to fulfil
a vow, or as an expiation, that is acceptable, because
if it is permissible to observe a voluntary fast on
that day, it is more likely to be permissible to
observe an obligatory fast… and if a person has to
make up a day from Ramadaan, then he has to fast it,
because the time left for him to make it up has become
The “day of doubt” is the thirtieth of Sha’baan if it
has not been possible to sight the moon of the
thirtieth because of cloud, fog, etc. It is called the
“day of doubt” because there is some doubt concerning
it – is it the last day of Sha’baan or the first day
There is nothing wrong with making up a missed
Ramadaan fast in the last half of Sha’baan. This is
not included in the prohibition of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) on fasting after
halfway through Sha’baan.
So your fasting of those three days is valid, and you
have to fast the remaining days before Ramadaan
And Allaah knows best.