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Please let me know whether we can have sex with our wife in the month of Ramadhan or not

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Please let me know whether we can have sex with our wife in the month of Ramadhan or not 


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Sex with wife in Ramadhan

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 187:

187 Permitted to you on the night of the fasts is the approach to your wives (for sexual intercourse). They are your garments. And ye are their garments. Allah knows what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them (sexual intercourse) and seek what Allah hath ordained for you and eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques (during ‘itikaaf’). Those are limits (set by) Allah; approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His signs to men that they may learn self-restraint.


It is absolutely permissible and lawful for a husband and wife to enjoy conjugal relations with each other during the nights or non-fasting hours in the month of Ramadan, if they wish to do so. But if is absolutely prohibited and a sin in Islam to have conjugal relations with one’s wives during the fasting hours or while one is in the state of ‘itikaaf’ during Ramadan.


Abu Hurairah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (saws) and said: "I am destroyed, O Messenger of Allah (saws)!" The Prophet (saws) asked: "What has destroyed you?" He said, "I had intercourse with my wife during a day of Ramadan." The Prophet (saws) asked: "Are you able to free a slave?" He said, "No". The Prophet (saws) asked: "Is it possible for you to fast for two consecutive months?" He said, "No." The Prophet (saws) asked: "Is it possible for you to feed sixty poor people?" He said, "No." The Prophet (saws) said: "Then sit." A basket of dates was brought to the Prophet (saws) and he said to the man: ‘Give this in charity.’ The man said: "To someone poorer than us? There is no one in this city who is poorer than us!" The Prophet (saws) laughed until his molar teeth could be seen and said: "Go and feed your family with it!"

Related by the Muslim and Bukhari.


If one is unable to control one’s desires for any reason and were to perform the actual act of sexual intercourse with ones wife while in the state of fasting, it would indeed be a grave sin in the Sight of Allah. The atonement for this sin as prescribed by the Messenger of Allah (saws) is that the person should either free a slave, or (if he is unable to do that) fast for two consecutive months, or (if he is unable to do even that) feed sixty poor people! Such is the enormity of the sin and the atonement of having sexual intercourse with one’s wife while one is in the state of fasting.


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