I was told that for Ramadan sawm, if one accidentally forgets that they are fasting and eats, the fast is still valid.

However, does this apply if one accidentally eats during a voluntary (nafilah) or vow (nazar) sawm?


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This applies to all sawm as the hadith this is based upon is general in wording:

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Whoever forgets that he is fasting and eats or drinks, then he still completes his fast. It is only Allah who fed him and gave him drink.” [Bukhari]

In another narration, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “If a fasting person eats forgetfully, it is only provision Allah put forth to him and there is no makeup upon him.” [Bukhari]

Further details can be found here and here.

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    Those sites are quite unreliable and don't show which hadith exactly, but I found one similar to the first quoted one in Bukhari (Volume 3, Book 31, Number 154): "If somebody eats or drinks forgetfully then he should complete his fast, for what he has eaten or drunk, has been given to him by Allah."
    – Muz
    Feb 19, 2013 at 11:11

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