Q. Is it necessary to make a verbal intention in keeping the Qadha fasts of Ramadaan? What is the time to make an intention of keeping Qadha fasts of Ramadaan?
A. It is necessary to make an intention from one’s heart to keep the Qadha fasts of Ramadaan or any other Qadha fasts. A verbal intention is not required to keep Qadha fasts.
The intention to keep Qadha fasts must be made the night prior to fasting i.e. before the termination of Sehri. Hence, the intention to keep Qadha fasts cannot be made after the termination of Sehri. (Al-Lubaab 1/163)
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