Fatwa: # 36105
Category: Fasting (Sawm)
Country: South Africa
Date: 24th January 2019


Does a wet dream invalidate the fast?


Assalamulaykum W.W. If a man thinks of something evil or fantasised before he sleeps, then has a wet dream while sleeping. Will this nullify his fast? Jazakumullah, Waalaykum Salaam WW. 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Fantasizing is prohibited. One should make taubah and Istighfaar for doing so.

The purpose of fasting is to discipline the nafs by containing the nafs from fulfilling its desires.

When one fantasises, he follows his nafs and feeds it with its desires. That is against the spirit of fasting. The purpose and objective of fasting is lost through fantasizing.

However, if one fantasizes before going to sleep and thereafter has a wet dream, that does not invalidate the fast. [1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع (2/ 91) 

وَلَوْ نَظَرَ إلَى امْرَأَةٍ وَتَفَكَّرَ فَأَنْزَلَ لَمْ يُفْطِرْهُ، وَقَالَ مَالِكٌ: إنْ تَتَابَعَ نَظَرُهُ فَطَّرَهُ لِأَنَّ التَّتَابُعَ فِي النَّظَرِ كَالْمُبَاشَرَةِ

وَلَنَا أَنَّهُ لَمْ يُوجَدْ الْجِمَاعُ لَا صُورَةً وَلَا مَعْنًى لِعَدَمِ الِاسْتِمْتَاعِ بِالنِّسَاءِ فَأَشْبَهَ الِاحْتِلَامَ بِخِلَافِ الْمُبَاشَرَةِ

الفتاوى الهندية - ط. دار الفكر (1/ 204)

وإذا نَظَرَ إلَى امْرَأَةٍ بِشَهْوَةٍ في وَجْهِهَا أو فَرْجِهَا كَرَّرَ النَّظَرَ أَوَّلًا لَا يُفْطِرُ إذَا أَنْزَلَ كَذَا في فَتْحِ الْقَدِيرِ وَكَذَا لَا يُفْطِرُ بِالْفِكْرِ إذَا أَمْنَى هَكَذَا في السِّرَاجِ الْوَهَّاجِ


النتف في الفتاوى (1/ 158)

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