She has to fast because it is obligatory for her," he says.
But before Nakalanzi embarks on fasting, Sheikh Rahman says she should first negotiate with the man and see if he can agree to become a Muslim.
He says that being in a relationship with a non-Muslim does not mean Nakalanzi is exempt from fasting.
Fasting remains obligatory for her, so she should fast.
If it is the other way round, he adds that it is wrong for a Muslim man to send his non-Muslim woman away during fasting and call her back after Ramadhan.
Sheikh Rahman's advice is thus: It is better for them to iron out any contentious issues before getting married.
Mohammad – “Muslim women should be able to marry non-Muslim men” When Huma Abedin, aide to Hilary Clinton, married Anthony Weiner, New York Congressman, it sent tongues wagging in the Muslim community. The question that makes even the most open-minded Imams squirm was revived – Can a Muslim woman marry a non-Muslim man? Fadl’s response echoes the sentiments I have heard from other scholars as well.
This opinion does not apply to marriages where one converts to another’s faith.
AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS (Photo credit should read ) Ramadan is a special month in the Islamic calendar when practising Muslims show their respect for the time in which Allah revealed his teachings to the Prophet Mohammad.
Since the words heard by the Prophet are believed to make up the Islamic holy text, the Qur'an, the month is of huge importance across the Islamic world as a chance to show reverence to Allah and escape from the pace of everyday life.
Caption: A Yemeni Muslim worshipper reads the Koran, Islam's holy book, during the fasting month of Ramadan on June 30, 2014 at the Great Mosque in the old city of the capital Sanaa.
Ramadan is sacred for the world's estimated 1.6 billion Muslims because it is during that month that tradition says the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.