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Ramadan is a holy month during which every Muslim submits himself/herself completely to God. It is the time to repent and ask forgiveness for all the past sins from God. The Holy Quran was revealed to the Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Thus, it is considered as a very sacred month during which all the Muslims are required to recite and understand the Holy Quran.
It is mandatory for every Muslim to fast in the entire holy month of Ramadan. Everyone is required to refrain themselves from food, water and lovemaking during this sacred month of God. Muslims are not even allowed to watch violence/perverted videos and lustful songs. Still if any person indulges in any such activities, his/her fast is not accepted by God.
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Sexual intercourse during the day is prohibited for both men and women in Ramadan. It is considered horrendous sin in Islam and forgiveness can be granted only by following specific expiations. It is mentioned in the Hadith of the Holy Quran.
Narrated Abu Huraira: "The Prophet said, "Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)" (Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 127)"
Muslims are not allowed to engage in any kind of sexual activities such as intercourse, masturbation etc. in the month of fasting. Even speaking about sexual desires is forbidden in the holy month of Ramadan.
Fasting controls our body, emotions and mind. Medical experts suggest that a hungry and thirsty person should not have sexual intercourse during fast. It is unhealthy to have sex during fast because it may consume a lot of energy making the person to feel weak for the whole day.
Muslims are supposed to do good deeds by doing charity, visiting the sick and helping the unfortunate people in Ramadan. This holy month isn't just about fasting from food; it also implies fasting from bad deeds such as lying, gossiping, backbiting etc.
Even consumption of medicines is forbidden during fast until and unless the person is suffering from a severe health disorder.
This holy month develops spirituality and also improves the moral behavior of Muslims.
But the intercourse must be accomplished before the onset of dawn. It is mentioned in the Hadith of the Holy Quran.
"Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, Is the approach to your wives. They are your garments And ye are their garments. Allah knoweth what ye Used to do secretly among yourselves; But He turned to you And forgave you; So now associate with them, And see 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. 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. (The Noble Quran, 2:187)"
However, it is mandatory to immediately bath and pray namaz after having sexual intercourse.
If a couple engage in sexual intercourse during the fasting hours, then the day they have sex on would not count and they have to make up for the sin before the next Ramadan. The sinner needs to free a slave. If that is not possible, then the person either must fast for two consecutive months or feed 60 poor persons. It is mentioned in the Hadith of the Holy Quran.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: Whilst we were sitting with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), a man came to him and said, "O Messenger of Allaah, I am doomed!" He said, "What happened?" He said, "I had intercourse with my wife when I was fasting [in Ramadaan]." The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, "Are you able to free a slave?" He said, "No." He said, "Are you able to fast for two consecutive months?" He said, "No." He said, "Can you feed sixty poor persons?" He said, "No." Then the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) remained silent for a while, and whilst we were like that, a large vessel of dates was brought to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and he said, "Where is the one who was asking?" He said, "Here I am." He said, "Take these and give them in charity." The man said, "Is there anyone more poor than me, O Messenger of Allaah? For there is no household between the two harrahs (lava fields – i.e., in Madeenah) that is poorer than my household." The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) smiled until his eyeteeth could be seen, then he said, "Feed it to your family."
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1834, 1835; Muslim, 1111)
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