Does “Hand Practice” break the fast in Islam?

Hand Practice in Islam

Hand Practice is highly disliked in Islam due to which it is not allowed in Ramadan especially during fasting. Does hand practice break the fast? This is the topic of today's discussion.

As we know that the fasting during the month of Ramadan is Fard upon Muslims, it is also important to know the things that can break or invalidate your fast

Is hand practice allowed in Islam?

During Fast, Muslims are supposed to abstain from the acts which are considered halal in normal life. One cannot eat after “Suhoor”, one cannot drink and one cannot fulfill the physical desire with his wife during fast.

So, when all the permissible acts are not allowed in Ramadan, how an act like hand practice that is already forbidden in Islam can be done while fasting.

Does “Hand Practice” break the fast?

According to Islam, hand practice while fasting breaks the fast if sperms are ejaculated. It is based on a Hadith that explains that Muslims while having fast shall not eat or drink and shall not satisfy the “physical” desires.

Eating and drinking are allowed in normal days and having the lawful satisfaction of “physical” desire is also allowed but these otherwise halal acts are banned during fast.

So, when lawful satisfaction of “physical” desire breaks the fast, unlawful satisfaction of “physical” desire (hand practice) will surely break the fast. It will invalidate the fast and this sin is also against the sacredness of the month of Ramadan.

Compensation for hand practice during fasting

If you have committed hand practice while fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, keep in mind that intentional ejaculation will break the fast and the person will have to fast in compensation of breaking this fast in the Non-Ramadan period.

Do wet dreams break the fast?

As of now, we have established that hand practice during the month of Ramadan breaks the fast according to Islam. However, if the ejaculation is a result of a wet dream or without desire, it will not break the fast. Same as if someone vomits unintentionally, his fast will not be broken.

Some people have criticized us for writing on this topic as it is considered taboo in our culture. But I think it is more important to spread awareness in the youth about it so that nobody commits this sin without knowledge. 

There is no shame in (asking and disseminating) the affairs of the religion so read and share it with others. 

Source: Dr. Zakir Naik

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.