Fatwaa ID: 1063
Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.
Mufti saheb..how are you?
I have a question. My brother and his family are in Abu Dhabi and are leaving for South Africa at 2am in the morning, in sha Allah.
In Abu Dhabi, they’ve announced Eid.. so it’s already 1 Shawwaal there..
They will be taking off at 2am and would most probably still be in the gulf area by the time sehri time ends..
When they land in South Africa, it will be the 29th fast in sha Allah..
Can they have sehri and fast even though the country they’re flying over at the time of sehri might be celebrating Eid?
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
No. They must observe ‘Eid with them in Abu Dhabi as they will still be there for part of the day. They cannot fast while in Abu Dhabi or a place where they are observing ‘Eid. If they reach South Africa before sunset, then in observance of the sanctity of the day, they must refrain from eating and drinking until sunset.
If their total fast count is less than 29 days, then they will make qadhaa of those days. If their total count is 29 or 30 days, then there is no additional fasting necessary.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
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