Breaking Sawm deliberately during Ramadaan and then having sexual intercourse

Question: I got married at an early age in 1369 A.H. And lived in a desert area where there was almost no water. In the same year, the month of Ramadaan came, and we fasted the first two or three days, and on the fourth or the fifth day my wife and I decided to break our fast. We actually did so and I had sexual intercourse with her. We were ignorant and knew no Hadeeths except that we heard from some people that making up for a missed day (of Ramadaan) can be done by fasting a day. We broke our fast on this day and made up for it afterwards. Could you please inform us about the expiation of this day? May Allaah protect you.

Answer: You and your wife have to repent to Allaah (Exalted be He) immediately because breaking fast in Ramadaan without a legal excuse is a major sin. It is obligatory on each of you to perform the expiation,which is to emancipate a believing slave… read more here.

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