I broke my fast because I thought that day was the first of Shawwaal when one is not permitted to fast

Question: I am a resident of Kuwait and was observing I`tikaf (seclusion in the mosque for worship) during the last ten days of Ramadaan. When I heard that the sighting of the new moon (of Shawwaal) in Saudi Arabia and other countries had been confirmed, I ended my I`tikaaf. I went home, had sexual intercourse with my wife and broke my fast because I thought that day was the first of Shawwaal when one is not permitted to fast. What is the legal ruling in this case? What compensation should I and my wife pay? Would you kindly advise and cite the proofs? May Allaah reward you!

Answer: You did the right thing when you broke your Sawm (fast) on Friday and ending your I`tikaaf because it is the day of `Eed-ul-Fitr. The sighting of the crescent of Shawwaal was confirmed on the night of Friday. It is authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he stated… read more here.

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