Time for Intention when Fasting

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Q: Can I make a Niyyah (intention) to fast just before beginning Suhur (pre-fasting meal)? When is the best time to make Niyyah for fast?

A:
The purpose of partaking in Suhoor is to retain strength during the day and avoiding excessive weakness. Thus the best time to partake of Suhoor and thereafter to make Niyyah for fasting is just prior to the time of Suhoor ending, i.e. a few minutes before the time of Fajr begins. The time of Fajr begins at Subuh Saadiq. As a precautionary measure, it is best to stop eating a few minutes before this time.

Prepared by: Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai