A woman putting her hand into her vagina for cleansing

Question:  I am a woman who was ignorant that when a woman puts her hand into her vagina for cleansing, this renders Sawm (Fast) invalid. I continued to do so for many years. Now I am making up for the missed days of Ramadaan. Is it Waajib (obligatory) on me to offer a Kaffaarah (expiation) by feeding the needy? What is the amount of such a Kaffaarah? It is worth mentioning that I did so out of ignorance and I cannot observe Sawm except in winter.

Answer: The act of putting the hand into the vagina does not render Sawm invalid unless it results in sexual discharge out of sexual desire. When it results in sexual discharge, it renders Sawm invalid, and it is Waajib on a woman to make up for it only... read more here.

Does Madee invalidate one’s Sawm?

Question: During last Ramadaan, my wife and I would sleep in bed and talk to each other while fasting. Sometimes I would have an erection and feel excited, then I would slip away but a small viscous and colorless spot would come out of my penis. Please take into consideration that when I have an erection when I am not with my wife, the same viscous colorless spot comes out after five minutes. Does this invalidate Sawm (Fast) and should I take Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge)? I hope you could clarify this point for me.

Answer: Discharge of Madee (thin white viscid fluid secreted due to sexual thoughts or desire) does not invalid Sawm according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions. What you asked about is Madee and when it is emitted... read more here.

Ejaculation due to sexual thoughts

Question: I have committed a sin and I ask Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) to help me find a solution to my problem with Your Eminence. I am a young man with a burning sexual desire. During the month of Ramadaan, Satan tempted me and made me ejaculate semen after I had imagined there was a woman before me during the day of Ramadaan while I was observing Sawm (Fast) though I am unmarried and I am about to take the second term exams. I am still a university student. I ask Allaah Almighty to help me find a solution to my problem. What should I do? What is the solution to my problem? Is it Waajib (obligatory) on me to make up for this day and offer a Kaffaarah (expiation)? I would be grateful if you could give me the ruling on this case, may Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: If you ejaculate semen during the day of Ramadaan after imagining that there is a woman before you, there is no sin on you, but you have to dismiss such thoughts and seek to safeguard yourself through marriage because Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error... read more here.

Making up for the missed days of Sawm, but having a wet dream after performing the Fajr Prayer

Question: If a person is making up for the missed days of Sawm (Fast) of the blessed Ramadaan and after he performs the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and goes to bed, he has a wet dream; does he have to perform Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) when he wakes up and complete his Sawm or break his Sawm and make up for it the following day?

Answer: If a person is observing obligatory or supererogatory Sawm and after he goes to sleep he has a wet dream, this has nothing to do with his Sawm and does not render it invalid. The person has to perform Janaabah Ghusl to be able to perform Salah (Prayer) provided that he sees semen. If he does not see semen, he is not required to perform Janabah Ghusl. As for the Sawm itself, it is valid in any case as having a wet dream occurs unwillingly... read more here.

A fasting person having sexual dreams

Question: One morning in Ramadaan, I had a sexual dream after Fajr (Dawn) Prayer and Maniy (sperm released on orgasm) was discharged. I know that masturbation in Ramadaan is Haraam (prohibited), but I cannot control these sexual dreams. I hope Your Eminence will answer my question whether my Sawm (Fast) was invalidated and if it was, am I a sinner and should I make up for this day? What else should I do to expiate breaking Sawm on this day?

Answer: Having a sexual dream does not invalidate one’s Sawm because it was out of your control. However, you should take Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) to be ready for the Salaah (Prayer). The ruling on having a sexual dream is not the same as that of masturbation because masturbation is done willingly while sexual dreams are not... read more here.

The release of Maniy invalidates Sawm

Question: I forgot that I was in Ramadaan and was observing Sawm (Fast) when I sat beside a woman, and I later ejaculated, what should I do?

Answer: If you have Maniy (sperm released on orgasm) during the daytime of Ramadaan without having intercourse, you should repent, ask for Allaah’s Forgiveness, and make up for this day because the release of Maniy invalidates Sawm. But, you do not have to offer Kaffaarah (expiation)... read more here.

A person willingly exposed himself to sexual excitement during the day of Ramadaan and masturbated

Question: What is the ruling on the person who willingly exposed himself to sexual excitement during the day of Ramadaan, so he could not control himself and performed the act of masturbation? Does he have to offer any Kaffaarah (expiation) for that?

Answer: It is impermissible for a fasting person to intentionally break their obligatory Sawm (Fast)... read more here.

Masturbating at night during Ramadaan

Question: A Muslim fellow, may Allaah guide him, asked me about the ruling on performing the act of masturbation during the night of Ramadaan. He wants to know if the ruling on this is like the ruling on performing the act of masturbation during the day of Ramadaan.

Answer: The act of masturbation is forbidden, so it is impermissible to perform it by day or by night. It is more offensive and detestable to do that in Ramadaan because the act of masturbation is considered a violation of the sacredness and honor of such a sacred month. If a person performs the act of masturbation during the day of Ramadaan, the following things are Waajib (obligatory) on them... read more here.

Masturbating during the day in Ramadaan while being unable to offer Kaffaarah

Question: A person performed the act of masturbation during the day in Ramadaan and he could not emancipate a slave, observe Sawm (Fast) for two successive months, or feed sixty needy persons as a Kaffaarah (expiation). It is worth mentioning that this person performed this act more than once during the day in Ramadaan. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: Whoever performs the act of masturbation while observing Sawm during Ramadaan commits a forbidden sin which renders Sawm invalid. Therefore, this person has to offer Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) for and make up for that day, but he does not have to offer any Kaffaarah (expiation) as the Kaffaarah is prescribed in Islaam for the act of sexual intercourse during the day in Ramadan. The act of masturbation is not deemed as an act of sexual intercourse... read more here.

Masturbation during Sawm before the Fajr Prayer

Question: During Ramadaan, as soon as I reached my house before the Athaan (call to Prayer) of the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer, I could not do anything except after performing the act of masturbation. I would begin performing the act of masturbation before the Fajr Prayer, but I would not finish and satisfy my sexual desire except after the Athaan. The worst matter is that I would sleep without performing the Fajr Prayer despite that I would observe Sawm (Fast). It is worth mentioning that I performed the act of masturbation for twenty nights in Ramadaan. Is it Waajib (obligatory) on me to make up for the Sawm of those days? If so, how can I make up for those days? I would like to tell you that I have given up this practice completely, and all praise be to Allaah. I would be grateful if you could guide me to the right practice with regard to this matter.

May Allaah Almighty make all that you offer to the Muslim nation and the Muslims in the record of your deeds.

Answer: The act of masturbation you performed after the Athaan of the Fajr Prayer renders your Sawm invalid; Therefore, you have to make up for the days when you performed the act of masturbation after the Athaan of the Fajr Prayer, along with offering Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) regarding this practice... read more here.

Having sexual intercourse with an animal while observing Sawm

Question: A young man says that at some point in the distant past he wronged himself and could not control his sexual desire, and Satan enticed him to have sexual intercourse with an animal. Rather, he used to perform the act of masturbation. He adds that he practiced masturbation while he was observing Sawm (Fast) during the month of Ramadaan. He says that he knows masturbation is forbidden, but he did not know that it renders Sawm invalid. He adds that he would keep observing Sawm by abstaining from food and drink during the day, enduring the hot weather and offering Salaah (Prayer). His question is as follows:

1- Does he have to do anything with regard to Sawm of the days on which he practiced masturbation while observing Sawm? It should be taken into account that he does not know the exact number of those days.

2- Is it obligatory on him to offer a Kaffaarah (expiation) for having sex with the animal?

These are the very words of his question. I would be grateful if Your Eminence could send us a clear and confidential answer to this question as I see him distressed and displeased with what he did. May Allaah protect you as pride for all Muslims.

Answer: This young man has to turn to Allaah in repentance for having sex with the animal and performing the act of masturbation. He should seek Forgiveness of his Lord. Besides, he must make up for the days on which he rendered his Sawm invalid by committing such sins... read more here.

Masturbation during Sawm

Question: What is the juristic ruling on what I did last Ramadaan as I masturbated on two days in the early morning? I was not ignorant about the punishment of its act, but I did it because I could not overcome my sexual desire, so I ask this question; what should I do now?

Answer: You should turn to Allaah (Exalted be He) in repentance and seek His Forgiveness with regard to masturbation as it is a forbidden practice,particularly during the day of Ramadaan. Moreover, you have to make up for the two days on which you broke your Sawm (Fast) after having masturbated... read more here.

Masturbation of a fasting person

Question: If a Muslim is so sexually excited during the daytime in Ramadaan that he cannot help masturbating, does this invalidate Sawm? Does doing so necessitate making up for the day (or days) or offering a Kaffaarah (expiation)?

Answer: Masturbation during Ramadaan and at other times is Haraam. It is unlawful to do so based on the Saying of Allaah: And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts from illegal sexual acts). Except from their wives or the (women slaves) whom their right hands possess – for (then) they are not blameworthy. But whosoever seeks beyond that, then it is those who are trespassers. Anyone who practices it during the daytime in Ramadaan while fasting has to repent to Allaah and make up for the Sawm of the respective day. However, it does not necessitate Kaffaraah because it is prescribed specifically in the case of sexual intercourse..read more here.

Ruling on masturbation

Question 142: I am a nineteen-year-old man. Praise be to Allaah, I offer Salaah (Prayer) congregationally at the Masjid (mosque), even Fajr (Dawn) Prayer. Sometimes, I pronounce the Adaan (call to Prayer), and I have memorized six parts of the Qur’aan. However, there is something which bothers me; when I sit alone in my room, or when I sleep, I imagine that I have traveled to London and committed Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) there with immoral girls. Am I considered to be a sinner?

This does not affect me to the extent of masturbation, except rarely. However, I am afraid that the Hadeeth which implies that if a person’s Salaah does not prohibit them from committing evil, Allaah will not accept them, applies to me.

Answer: First, A Muslim is not accountable for obsessions and self-talk, as it is authentically reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Al-Bukhaaree, Fat-h-ul-Baaree, no. 5269; and Muslim, no. 127, numbered edition. Allaah forgave my people the evil promptings which arise within their hearts, as long as they do not speak about them or act upon them. 

Second: Masturbation is Haraam (prohibited). 

Third: The Hadeeth you have mentioned is Da’eef (weak), but its meaning is attributed to some of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) and Tabi’oon (Followers) may Allah be pleased with them. As long as you do not commit sins, please do not bother yourself with such obsessions... read more here.