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Ruling 1531

The latest time available for a conscious person to make the intention to keep a fast of Ramadan is at the time of ṣubḥ prayers. This means that, based on obligatory precaution (al‐iḥtiyāṭ al‐wājib), at the time of ṣubḥ his abstinence [from the eight things that invalidate a fast] must coincide with his intention to fast, albeit subconsciously.