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Non-compliance with a Nadhr

Q: I have made a nadhr to keep 30 fasts before the next holy month of Ramadan but I, till now, failed to fulfill the same. What is my duty now? If I neglect to fulfill my nadhr, what will happen?

A: If, for making the nadhr, you have recited its special formula and were able to fulfill such a promise, you should act accordingly; otherwise, you have to observe the kaffārah of non-compliance with a nadhr which likes that of oath. However, if you do not keep fasts (made obligatory by a valid nadhr) due to an excuse, you are required to make up for them in qada’ after the excuse is over in which case no kaffārah is needed.

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