I had sex with my wife after morning suhoor at 5:30am. It was the feeling that cause it, it was not intentional.

Can I still proceed with my fasting? And what else is implication of this?


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First of all nobody expect your wife and you could judge your intentions. But all i can do is to give you a guideline that might help you to find the correct ruling for your case.

Here are the most common and relevant sources which are the basis to find a ruling:

  • The kafara for people who are excused 2:184-185.
  • The limitations and ruling on when intercourse is allowed in Ramadan and when not 2:187.
  • The kafara of breaking fast due to intercourse on the day of Ramadan based on sahih hadith. Note according Hanafi and Maliki school of fiqh this kafara applies also for those who eat on the day of Ramadan without any excuse by qiyas.

From this we can conclude the following:

  • you are not allowed to have intercourse during the day of Ramadan.
  • And if you have intended to do 'itikaf you are not allowed to have intercourse even those nights.
  • If you by intention break your fast by having intercourse on the day of Ramadan (between dawn and sunset) you are asked to perform the (big) kafara as follows: free a Muslim slave if not possible fast two successive lunar months if not possible feed 60 poor Muslims if one couldn't fast two successive months.
  • If one has an excuse not to fast one still has to make up the day he break his fast in.

As you only gave as a timing 5:30 AM and we don't know where you are we don't know whether this intercourse happened before fajr/dawn or afterwards:
If it happens before there's nothing to do -expect performing ghusl to be able to pray- as it was allowed, if not -and this is what I assume- you (both) committed a major sin, especially if you were aware that you are fasting or of this being haram at any moment of this act. In that case you'll have to perform the big kafara (please read my later checklist). But first of all you both need to repent from this sin no matter if you were aware of the decay or sin you committed or not, as you later recalled that you should be fasting. Now lets see what kind of expiation should be performed:

So: Each of you must ask himself the following:

  • Did I recall at any time during the act that this is Ramadan and I ought to be fasting and this is haram?
  • If so did any of you try to remind the other or hinder him to continue?
  • If yes and especially if it was your wife her fast is considered as valid, if she couldn't stop you and you forced her (see my linked fatwas).
  • If no or if you didn't stop any way than you are asked to perform the big kafara. And of course make up the day you had intercourse at!
  • Note if you were aware of what you are doing but didn't know it was haram that would also change the ruling (see my linked fatwas)
  • If you were not aware of the fact that you are committing a big sin and only remembered later that you had intercourse during the day of Ramadan scholars here do qiyas on people who ate or drunk on the day of Ramadan forgetfully based on this hadith or this hadith with a more general statement. Some scholars would recommend you to make up this day any way.

Now finally to your question: can i still proceeding my fasting?

Yes you even should, read for example this fatwa.

See also this fatwa (in Arabic) of the Saudi Fatwa council which concluded that the wife must perform the big kafara only because she recalled or reminded her husband later about the fact that this was Ramadan or they were fasting without knowing the ruling, which is a clear contradiction to this fatwa.

On the other hand no matter what happened during your fasts in Ramadan I've never heard or read a fatwa of a scholar saying or recommending if one breaks his fast no matter if it was by intention or not to eat. As in case you made it forgetfully your fast is valid in any other case -except you couldn't fast any more for example for health reasons or you feared you would die if you don't drink or eat- you should go ahead fasting to show Allah that you repent from the previous committed sin. So you shouldn't commit a new sin by breaking your fast -this time for sure- intentionally!

And Allah knows best!


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