Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu ‘alaykum,
I performed an expiation (60 consecutive fasts) for a contravention in Ramadan which didn’t require an expiation. Can I use this expiation I performed for another contravention which, this time, does require an expiation?
One expiation (kaffara) suffices for all previous major contraventions which occurred during Ramadan fasts. You do not need to perform a separate expiation for each occurrence because a single one suffices as a penalisation and future deterrent [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah].
However, if a contravention occurred during the fasting hours in the month of Ramadan, and you performed the expiation thereafter, and then another major contravention occurred in a subsequent Ramadan, you would need to perform a second expiation because expiation do not apply retrospectively.
And Allah alone knows best.
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