A woman who is forced by her husband to have sexual intercourse in the daytime of Ramadaan

Question 64: A woman lives with her husband who does not observe Sawm (Fast) in Ramadaan. On one of the days of Ramadaan he wanted to have sexual intercourse with her, but she refused and locked herself in her room. The husband, due to the fact that he was stronger and was not fasting, compared to her being weak and sick and above all observing Sawm, broke into the room which made her faint. After the woman regained consciousness, he forced her to break her Sawm and had intercourse with her against her will. The next day he had intercourse with her for the second time during the daylight hours of Ramadaan. The woman left the home and went to her father’s and completed her Sawm there. She also made up for the two days during which she was forced to break her Sawm. Now the case is that she is unable to fast for two consecutive months, and at the same time she could not afford the other Kaffaarah, i.e., feeding sixty poor persons, because she is poor. On the other hand, it is not expected from the husband, who does not observe the prescribed Sawm of Ramadaan in the first place, that he will observe the expiatory Sawm or even feed sixty poor persons. What should this woman do?

Answer: As for the woman, she is not obliged to make Kaffaarah, because she was forced to that act, which is not the case with the husband who is obliged to make Kaffaarah for having sexual intercourse with his wife on two consecutive days during daytime in Ramadaan… read more here.

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