The Fiqh of Kissing While Fasting
Answered by Shaykh Sohail Hanif, SunniPath Academy Teacher
Please could you clarify if kissing one’s partner constitutes the fast breaking. I have heard that in instances where saliva is exchanged while kissing, this nullifies the fast.
In general, kissing ones partner while fasting is prohibitively disliked (makruh tahriman) and sinful if one is unsure whether such a kiss would lead to ejaculation or intercourse.
If one feels sure that it will not lead to anything else then it is in itself permitted.
Should one kiss ones partner in a way termed as passionate kiss (taqbil fahish) whereby he sucks her lips or grips one of them with his teeth then this is disliked regardless of whether he expects it to lead to anything further or not. [Hashiya al-Tahtawi ala Maraqi al-Falah, 2:348, Maktaba al-Ilm al-Hadith]
Should one be certain of swallowing ones spouses saliva then this would break the fast and would also necessitate an expiation. [ibid, 2:331]
And Allah knows best.