Does Having a Wet Dream While Fasting Ramadan Obligate the Expiation?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salamu alaykum,

Does having a wet dream while fasting Ramadan obligate the expiation?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, ejaculation during sleep, or having a wet dream, does not obligate the expiation (kaffara). Moreover, such a person would not need to make up (qada’) that fast because he did not engage in sexual intercourse, actually or effectively, nor is he considered to be legally responsible during that time.

[Haskafi, al-Durr al-Mukhtar (2.98); Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq]

Please also see: Wet Dreams and Ritual Purity: A Reader and: Principles on what invalidates the fast

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.