Having sex with the wife during the daytime in Ramadaan without complete penetration

Question: All praise is due to Allaah, I am a young Muslim man. I got married a week before Ramadaan but I had sex with my wife during the daytime in Ramadaan without complete penetration and we were both fasting. We have deeply regretted doing this and I ask Allaah (Exalted be He) for forgiveness. I know that the Kaffaarah (expiation) of this is to free a Muslim slave or to fast two consecutive months. If I am unable to do that, I have to feed sixty poor persons. The first two are difficult for me because the first is now not available and, for the second, I cannot fast two consecutive months because I am an employee and I have to go to distant places during work and I do not have two months leave available to me. My question: Is feeding sixty needy persons sufficient, and what is the manner of doing so?

Answer: It is forbidden to have sexual intercourse in the daytime in Ramadaan. It invalidates fasting and entails the major expiation mentioned in the question. It is to be observed in the following order: emancipating a believing slave. If this is impossible, it is to fast two successive months… read more here.


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