Kaffarah and Masturbation

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Askmufti.co.za

Q: Is this true in the context of one who masturbated during several fasts in ramadan and intends to make up qadha fasts:

“If a person who did something that necessitates only qada (making up for a missed fast; observing another fast in lieu of the broken fast) on one day of Ramadan does the same thing purposely on another day of Ramadan, it also necessitates kaffarah (expiation that is made by freeing a slave or fasting for 60 consecutive days or feeding 60 needy people).”

A: Three things make Kaffaarah compulsory:

1. Eating intentionally while fasting in Ramadhaan.

2. Drinking intentionally while fasting in Ramadhaan.

3. Indulging in sexual intercourse intentionally while fasting in Ramadhaan.

These three factors will make Kaffaarah compulsory, whether done once or more.

Nothing else makes Kaffaarah compulsory, even if done more than once in the same Ramadhaan.

Allah Ta’aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher


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