Returning home from a journey while not fasting, having sexual intercourse, and breaking fast the next day

Question: I traveled to Egypt by bus and it took three days. I broke my fast during those days because I was on a journey and I intended to make up for them later. When I arrived in Egypt and went home in the afternoon I had sexual intercourse with my fasting wife. She disagreed in the beginning but when I told her that we would make up for it, In-Shaa’-Allaah (if Allaah wills) on another day, she agreed but I was unaware of the Kaffaarah (expiation) when I made her break her fast. I thought that it is like any day as in the case of a traveler or a sick person, and she can make up for it.I would like to know the ruling on this day and whether I have to offer Kaffaarah or only her.

Then, at night when it was 1 am, I slept with her and we went to bed to relax and prepare for Suhur (pre-dawn meal before the Fast) while having the intention to fast the following day. However, we woke up at 11 am in the morning. We had neither made Ghusl (full ritual bath following major ritual impurity) nor eaten Suhoor and I was very tired from traveling. Therefore, we also broke our fast on that day. Do we have to observe expiation for this day?

Moreover, is one Kaffaarah enough for both days altogether or does each day require one? If the Kaffaarah is what I read in the Book of Allaah (Exalted be He) to fast two consecutive months, and we are not able to fast, what is the alternative? May Allaah reward you the best.

Answer: Neglecting Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) or Suhoor does not affect one’s fast, and you should have completed your fast which you intended at night. Hence, you made an error and you have to make up for these two days and feed one poor person for each day if you have delayed it until another Ramadaan came… read more here.

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