Question: When and how should we make the intention (niyyah) for fasting in Ramadan?
The intention for Ramadan fast can be made from the beginning of evening prayer time till the next day late-morning, which is almost 5-10 minutes before the dhuhr prayer time. Deciding to fast within this duration for the sake of gaining God’s acceptance means the accomplishment of niyyah. Getting up for the suhoor meal also counts as niyyah. You do not have to pronounce certain words to have made a valid intention.