Missed Days of Fasting?

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She Didn't Fast?
Can She Be Forgiven?
What Can She Do?

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Question from a sister:
"I hardly made up for my missed days of fasting Ramadan. Now I am very worried. Now how should I do it? What are my choices and how can I fulfill my duty to Allah Subhannah wa Ta'ala?

Answer *specific to sisters For those who miss fasting days only because of monthly cycles or pregnancy or illness:
First of all, there is a difference between someone neglecting to fast for no reason, and the sister who must make up days that she could not fast due to her monthly cycle or being pregnant. The difference is that one is missed because of necessity and should be made up some time in the following year prior to the next Ramadan, and the other is someone who just doesn't fast because they don't care about disobeying Allah's Commandments.
If this is due only to missing the make up days, then she should still take it very serious and do her best in the upcoming year to make up for each and every day she has missed.
Otherwise, take careful note of the following answer:
Answer (generally speaking):
IKHALAAS* (sincerity) - This is the answer, inshallah. Repentance with sincere sorrow in the heart for what has been intentionally done or not done according to the Commandments of Almighty Allah.
As we all know, Allah is the Acceptor of Repentance as long as it is with sincerity. The one who misses a single day of fasting has lost a lifetime of good deeds, yet it can and will be something that Allah may Forgive, provided - WHAT?
Provided, the person is truly and sincerely sorry and repentant for their shortcomings. Otherwise, it would be one of the things to cost a person time in the Hell-Fire. And trust me brother, this is no joke.
There is some very good news in this for you my dear brother - Allah is the Merciful, the Beneficent, the Acceptor of Repentance and above all, the FORGIVER.
I call your attention to the ayah in surah An-Nisaa', chapter 4, ayah number 48. Read . .

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.

So, begin with sincere repentance in your heart. Then make wudu, clean away your previous sins with a sincere wudu, maybe even a bath or ghusal to really feel more like someone who wants to be free from past mistakes and sins.
Then, make two rakah of nafl* (extra) salat. In the sujjud* (prostrations) cry to Allah, begging Him to forgive what is past and ask Him to accept your fasting now and to make it easy for you to continue to do extra fasting after the month of Ramadan; in the jalsa* (sittings) after each sujjud ask Allah to Forgive you and to have His Mercy on you, and then in the last sitting position (jalsa) just before you say, "Salam alaykum" - say this (from hadeeth of the prophet, peace be upon him, to Abu Bakr):

اللّهُـمَّ إِنِّـي ظَلَـمْتُ نَفْسـي ظُلْمـاً كَثـيراً وَلا يَغْـفِرُ الذُّنـوبَ إِلاّ أَنْت ، فَاغْـفِر لي مَغْـفِرَةً مِنْ عِنْـدِك وَارْحَمْـني، إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الغَـفورُ الرَّحـيم

Allahumma innee thalamtu nafsee thulman katheeran wala yaghfiruth-thunooba illa ant, faghfirlee maghfiratan min iindika warhamnee, innaka antal-Ghafoorur-Raheem.

‘O Allah, indeed I have committed so much thunoob* (oppression) on myself so much and none forgives thunuba* (ithum* or sin) except You, so forgive me from Yourself and have mercy upon me.
Truly, You are The Most-Forgiving, The Most-Merciful.’
This is asking Allah to accept to Forgive your sins from Himself: i.e. from His innermost grace without deserving it and a forgiveness which is befitting to His tremendous generosity.

By all means, expect that He will forgive you and grant you the success for what may remain of your life here in this world, asking Him to never let you go astray again.

Then after Ramadan begin to fast several days out of every month as much as you can, asking Allah to accept to make up for whatever you may have missed in the past.
Also, be careful of making up the missed days every year in Ramadan and make those up as soon as you are able, inshallah.

Finally, always be fearful of Allah's Punishment on the Day of Judgment and be thankful to Allah, as it is His right that we have the true taqwah for Him, and Him alone.

Jazakallah khair was salam alaykum,
Yusuf Estes
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#1 shabna.k 2014-02-12 06:27
iam muslim my husband hindu.but hasband notislam that is problem.so me your advice please send

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