When a person eats or has intercourse in two Ramadāns

When a person eats or has intercourse in two Ramadāns
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When a person eats or has intercourse in two Ramadāns

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Apr 04, 2021

Question:

The gist of a ruling in Bahishti Zewar is that if a person ate food during
the day in two Ramadans, one kaffarah will suffice. But if he engaged
in sexual intercourse two times over two Ramadns, he will have to
observe kaffarah two times. ‛Allamah Shami rahimahullah says that the
reason for this is that it is a very serious crime. Is there any difference
in ruling between eating and intercourse, or does the same rule apply
to both?

Answer:

Certain scholars are of the view that in both cases only one kaffarah is
obligatory – irrespective of whether it is because of intercourse or
because of eating. There is no difference in the ruling.

Shaykh ‛Abd al-Wahid Siyustani writes in Fatawa Wahida:

The author then writes on those who differentiate between the two:

The gist of the above is that if a person eats intentionally over two
Ramadans or engages in intercourse over two Ramadans, one kaffarah
will be obligatory on him. Yes, if after fulfilling the kaffarah for the
first crime [in the first Ramadan] and he commits the same crime in
the next Ramadan, kaffarah will be obligatory again.

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

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