Kaffaarah for having intercourse with one's wife while fasting in the month of Ramadhaan

Q: I have a kaffarah for breaking a fast due to intimacy during time of fast. May allah forgive me.

Do I have to fast for 60 consecutive days or can I feed 60 individuals?

Also, if I have to fast should I do it with no delays after Ramadhaan? My issue is that I'm waiting for a doctors appointment which I have delayed already. The appointment for endoscopy will consist of taking medicine before hand and then I will go under general anesthetic. My concern is if I have to fast and I get an appointment from the doctors, I will not be able to keep the 60 consecutive fasts.

Therefore do I start and have a break for 2 days then continue? 

A: If you and your wife broke your fast due to intimancy during the month of Ramadhaan, then you both will have to keep the kaffaarah for breaking the fast.

The kaffaarah for breaking the fast is that you both will have to fast for two months consecutively with the intention of kaffaarah. If you both commence the fast on the first of the lunar month, then you both will have to fast for two lunar months consecutively, regardless of whether the two months are 29 or 30 days. However, if you both commence the kaffarah on the second of the lunar month or at any other time later during the month, then you both will have to fast for sixty days consecutively. However, a woman is exempt from fasting during the days of her haidh.

If you have to do an endoscopy due to which you will not be able to fast for those few days, then you should commence the fast after your medical appointment.

Note: Apart from keeping the sixty fasts consecutively, you both will also have to keep one qadha fast in place of the fast you both had broken in the month of Ramadhaan.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)