Physical contact while fasting

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Question:

Exactly what physical contact is forbidden when fasting? Can my husband kiss me and hug me? We love each other very much but don't want to do anything wrong.

Fatwa:

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is forbidden for the fasting man to have sex or take part in foreplay during the daytime with his wife in Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) (may Allah exalt his mention) said: “One gives up one's food, one's drink and one's desire for Allah's sake (when fasting).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] It is, however, permissible for him to kiss his wife if he can control himself and does not come to a point where he then has intercourse or ejaculates – in which case it is forbidden for him to do so. The evidence for this is the Hadeeth of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) where ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported that, “Allah's Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) would kiss (his wives) while fasting and embrace (them) while fasting, but he had the greatest mastery over his desire.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Imaam An-Nawawi  may  Allah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “There is no disagreement that kissing does not nullify the fasting, unless one ejaculates.
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