forcing ones wife to have sex in Ramadan

Can a couple have Sexual Intercourse while Observing Optional Fast?

Question:

As-salamu `alaykum. If someone fasted Sunnah and had sexual intercourse with his spouse at the daytime, is he obliged to make kaffarah or is there any expiation for that? Thank you.

Answer by Dr. Wael Shihab

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

A Muslim is highly recommended to observe optional fasts to draw himself closer to Allah. If a fasting person breaks his optional fast, he is neither required to pay an expiation nor to make up for it later. It makes no difference here how he breaks his optional fast.

Responding to your question, Dr. Wael Shihab, PhD in Islamic Studies, Al-Azhar University, and the Head of the Shari`ah Dept. of Onislam.net website, stated,

Thank you for your question.

A Muslim is recommended to fast on some days— such as Mondays, Thursdays, the day of `Arafah, etc.—in order to bring himself closer to Allah Almighty.

If a Muslim breaks an optional fast—with food, drinks, or sexual intercourse with one’s spouse—he is not liable to make any kaffarah (expiation). Also, he is not required to make up for it later.

In this context, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “A person who observes an optional fast has the authority to either complete or break his fast.” (At-Tirmidhi)

However, it may be better for a fasting person not to break his optional fast to gain its great rewards.

May Allah accept your and our good deeds!

Allah Almighty knows best.

 

Posted in Ramadan, Relationships and Marriage.

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