Wet dreams and masturbating while fasting
Fatwa No: 85151

Question

What is the Islamic ruling about the wet dream during fasting? Tell me about the masturbating during fasting in light of Shari'a?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

Having wet dreams during the daylight of Ramadan does not affect the validity of fasting, as the person cannot prevent it as it is out of his control. It is known that Allah does not burden people for that which is beyond their power. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Allâh burdens not a person beyond his scope. …} [2: 286].
What is harmful during Ramadan is deliberate ejaculation through masturbation, sexual intercourse, etc.
So, ejaculating deliberately in Ramadan nullifies the Sawm (fasting). Narrated Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "Every (good) deed of the son of Adam would be multiplied, a good deed receiving a tenfold to seven hundred fold reward. Allah, the Exalted and Majestic, has said: With the exception of fasting, for it is done for Me and I will give a reward for it, for one abandons his passion and food for My sake" [Reported by Imams al-Bukhari and Muslim ].
The masturbating person did not abandon his passion desire for the sake of Allah. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars.
As a result, you should make up the days in which you masturbated. If you do not know their number, fast until you are satisfied that you have fasted at least all the days due.
As for expiation, you are not asked to give any expiation as there is no evidence supporting that and comparing sexual intercourse to masturbation is a big mistake as they are very different because having sex is greater and more dangerous. So, masturbation cannot take the rule of sexual intercourse. Now you should repent to Allah, multiply good deeds and stay away from anything that could seduce you.
Allah knows best.

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