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Sex while fasting in Ramadan - fast for 60 days straight

Published: 25/08/2011 08:00:00 AM GMT
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I read the hadith about the expiation for having sex with one's wife iduring the day time during Ramadan. The expiation is that you have to free a slave, or fast for two consecutive months, or provide food for 60 poor people. I also read that one had to follow this order, and not opt for feeding the poor if one is capable of fasting for 60 days.

My question to you is: Please let me know how can a person judge whether he is capable of fasting for two consecutive months? Is the expiation the same for his wife? Does she also need to expiate, or just husband? What if the husband pressured his wife into having sex ith him during the day? What about a case where the husband knew about the expiation but the wife was unaware that they have to expiate for having intercourse during day time in Ramadan?

Answered by

Sheikh Sulaymân al-`Isâ, professor at al-Imâm University in Riyadh

Someone who engages in sexual intercourse during the day in Ramadan has to fast two months continuously. The person may carry out these sixty consecutive days during the wintertime, when the days are cold and short. If, during this period, someone has to break his or her fast for a valid reason such as travel, sickness or menstruation, he or she may desist from fasting during that time and continue fasting from where he or she left off until completing the required two months.

Only a person who is truly incapable of fasting 60 consecutive days can opt to feed 60 poor people instead.

In the case of a woman who is pressured by her husband into sexual intercourse during the day time of Ramadan or who is ignorant of the ruling that is unlawful for her to have sex while fasting, she will be exempted and she has no expiation to make. However, she will still have to remake the fast for the one day she missed because she had intercourse.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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