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Junub and fast

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i would like to know if during the month of ramadhan,if u av intercourse during the night b4 sehri n fall asleep.,and not wake up 4 fajar 4 any reason. can u wake up in the morning and have a bath and still keep ur fast? is it still valid? pls let me know

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Junub and fast

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Al-Muwatta Hadith 18.12

Yahya related from Malik that A'isha and Umm Salama, the wives of the Prophet (saws) said, "The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to get up in the morning ‘junub’ (defilement) from (sexual) intercourse, not a dream, and would then fast."


Sahih Muslim Hadith 2453 Narrated by Umm Salamah

AbuBakr ibn AbdurRahman reported that Marwan sent him to Umm Salamah to ask whether a person should observe fast who is in a state of ‘junub’ (sexual defilement) and the dawn breaks upon him, whereupon she said that the Messenger of Allah (saws) (was at times) ‘junbi’ on account of intercourse and not due to dream, and the dawn broke upon him, but he (saws) neither broke the fast nor recompensed.


Sahih Muslim Hadith 2456 Narrated by Umm Salamah

Sulayman ibn Yasar reported that he asked Umm Salamah whether a person (who gets up) in the morning in a state of ‘junub’ (sexual defilement) should observe fast. She said: ‘The Messenger of Allah (saws) (at times) got up in the morning in a state of ‘Junub’, not because of dream (but on account of intercourse at night), and then observed fast.’


Sahih Muslim Hadith 2454 Narrated by Aisha and Umm Salamah

The Messenger of Allah (saws) at times got up in the morning in a state of ‘Junub’ (sexual defilement) on account of having a sexual intercourse (with his wives during night) but not due to sexual dreams in the month of Ramadan, and would observe fast.


In light of the above authentic narrations, there is absolutely no harm if one wakes up after dawn in a state of sexual defilement and continues his fast in the month of Ramadan. The fast will be counted as valid, and there is no ‘kaffarah’ or atonement necessary for this act.


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