Fasting: And the state of
Q200 :You have mentioned last year that a person in
the state of janabah may fast, even if he delays having his grand
ablution until after dawn break. Is it true that a fasting person must
have his grand ablution not later than midday?
A200 : You have quoted me correctly. If a person
wakes up in the morning of a day of fasting and finds himself in the
state of ceremonial impurity, i.e. janabah, his fasting remains valid.
He needs only to have his grand ablution, i.e. ghusl. The same applies
if he gets into the state of ceremonial impurity during the night and
delays having a shower to remove it. That does not invalidate his
fasting. Obviously, he may miss fajr prayer if he delays having a
bath. That such a person should take his shower before midday is
preferable, but if he does not, the delay does not invalidate his
fasting. The preference here is only to take care of his prayers.
Otherwise, his fasting remains valid. While missing a prayer does not
invalidate fasting, it is strongly censurable. The two acts of worship
are treated separately, but missing either one is an act that should
not be done by a Muslim.
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