Could you pls. tell if after having sexual intercourse with one`s wife

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Dear Brother Burhan,

I checked all the questions pertaining to Ramadan & fasting, but could not find the answer to my question, Could you pls. tell if after having sexual intercourse with one`s wife, is it o.k. to take ghusl after the time of Fajr prayer? For example if one gets up late for Fajr prayer, but intends to fast on that day?


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Fast with major impurity

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Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.153         Narrated by Abu Bakr bin Abdur Rahman

My father and I went to Aisha and she said, "I testify that Allah's Messenger (saws) at times used to get up in the morning in a state of Janaba from sexual intercourse, not from a wet dream, and then he (saws) would fast that day."  Then he went to Um Salama (one of the wives of the Prophet (saws)) and she also narrated a similar thing.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.152         Narrated by Aisha

(At times) in Ramadan the Prophet (saws) used to take a bath in the morning not because of a wet dream (but due to ceremonial impurity of sexual intercourse), and he (saws) would continue his fast.


If one has sexual intercourse with one’s wife during one of the nights of Ramadan, and happens to wake up after the Fajr prayer time has elapsed, one should perform the ‘ghusl’ or full bath of purification, perform the Fajr prayer, and continue their fast….for being in the state of ‘janaba’ or ceremonial impurity by itself does not invalidate one’s fast in the least.


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