Question: I awoke one morning, half-asleep, and went to the kitchen and quickly ate some food but when I began to eat, I looked at the clock and found the time to be 4.40am. The time for the Fajr prayer, here in Tabuk (northern Saudi Arabia), is 4.15am. So, at that time I stopped eating and began fasting. Knowing I had eaten three or four spoonfuls, do I have to make up this fast or not, O Shaykh?
Response: If the situation is as mentioned then it is obligatory upon you to make up the fast because you ate after the time of Fajr had arrived.
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