Q. Does one always have to make intentions when you are about to fast and what are the timings of the intentions?

Dr Zakir Naik :: Question & Answer

A. (by #DrZakir Naik): Intention is a Fardh and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said, “a person’s fast is not accepted if he does not make the intention in the previous night”. It means for all the fardh fasting i.e. compulsory fasting, making intention the previous night is compulsory. It can be any part of the previous night, it can be as late as just before the Fajar time. Anytime of the night you can make intention. A person can also make the intention in the beginning of Ramadan and it can be valid for the whole month of Ramadan, unless he breaks it if he is sick or if he is travelling then he has again to make the intention but one intention is also sufficient. And many people think, they have a misconception that verbally saying it aloud is a must which is…

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