Expiation For Sexual Intercourse During Fasting – Sahih Al Bukhari with Shaykh Bin Baaz Fatwa

Imaam Bukhaari (rahimahullaah) said:[Chapter: Can a person who has had sexual intercourse (with his wife) in Ramadaan feed his family from things given as expiation of his sin if they are needy?]

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu):

A man came to the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and said:”I had sexual intercourse with my wife in Ramadaan [While observing fasting].” The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) asked him: ”Can you afford manumit a slave?” He replied in the negative. The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) asked him:”Can you observe fast for two successive months?” He replied in the negative. He asked him:”Can you afford to feed sixty poor persons?” He replied in the negative. (Abu Hurairah added): Then a basket full of dates was brought to the Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) and he said (to that man),”Feed (poor people) with this on your behalf (by way of expiation).” He said, ”(Should I feed it) to poorer people than we? There is no poorer house than ours between its (Al-Madeenah’s) mountains.” The Prophet (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said:”Then feed your family with it.”[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari: Book of As-Sawm: vol: 3, Hadeeth Number: 1937: Translator: Muhsin Khan]


Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah) said:

(a) The man blamed himself.

(b) Expiation is incumbent upon the one who has sexual intercourse in Ramadaan (i.e. during the day/s of fasting), as it is apparent that he has to free a slave.  And if he is unable to do so, then he has to fast two consecutive months; and if he is unable to do so, then he has to feed sixty poor people; and if he is unable to do so, then the (obligation) is cancelled.

(c) And (what) if he repeats sexual intercourse on (different) days and did not (perform) expiation?   Answer: He must perform expiation for each day.

*And if he repeats sexual intercourse on a single day, then he has to perform one expiation.

(d) Expiation is incumbent upon a woman if she (willingly) complied; and if she was forced and compelled, then (expiation is not) incumbent upon her.


[For further details, see: Al-Hulalul Ibreeziyyah Min At-Taleeqaat Al-Baaziyyah Alaa Saheeh Al-Bukhaariy: Vol: 2: page: 139: Footnote: 1]

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