Voluntary Fast or Completing the Fast of Ramadan: Shaykh Bin Baz

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

A question posed to the former Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the firmly grounded scholar Abdul Aziz ibn Baz may Allah bestow His mercy upon him.

Q: What is the ruling with regards to voluntary fasts like the six days of Shawwal, the ten days of dhil-hijjah, the tenth day of Muharram etc for he who has days of Ramadan that he has yet to complete?

A: It’s obligatory upon those that have days of Ramadan to complete to begin with them before doing that which is voluntary due to obligatory actions being of greater importance than voluntary according to the more correct statement of the people of knowledge.

Translated by Najeeb Al Anjelesi
Source: تحفة الإخوان بأجوبة مهمة تتعلق بأركان الإسلام

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