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If a person ejaculated whilst fasting

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My friend said to me that he ejaculated himself, does this break the fast ? He does not know if it breaks or does not break the fast.  He said he found something on a website saying that he needs to make up by fasting 1 day

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


If by “ejaculated himself” you mean masturbation then ones fast will break however there is only qadha and no kaffarah (expiation). The same rule also applies if a person ejaculated after touching or kissing his wife. (Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband p.417 v.6)

Kaffarah is only compulsory if someone breaks the fast of Ramadhan intentionally by eating, drinking or engaging in sexual intercourse. (Kitabul Fiqh p.906 v.1)

In masturbation, a person is only deriving a partial enjoyment or benefit compared to full sexual intercourse.  Therefore, the jurists have said that only qadha will be done for the fast broken through masturbation and there will be no need of a kaffarah.  (Maraqi Falah)

However, if you mean having a wet dream then a person fast would not break. (Jawahirul Fiqh p.379 v.1)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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