Fasting: Commencing fast in state of ceremonial impurity

Q203 :You have mentioned 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 person fasting must have his grand ablution not later than midday?

A203 : 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 fast. The preference here is only to take care of his prayers. Otherwise, his fast 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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