Can I Follow Another Madhhab on the Issue of Expiation (Kaffara) for Breaking One’s Fast through Masturbation?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


May someone who follows Maliki Fiqh follow the view of Hanafi and Shafi’i scholars on paying an expiation (kaffara) for breaking one’s fast by Masturbation?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah guide us to what pleases Him.

We urge you to repent from the sin which is unlawful according to the dominant views of all four Schools. It is permissible to follow a different school on individual issues, though we must caution you from doing so as a habit, and Allah knows best.

Please find the details for this answer here:
Is Following One Madhhab Obligatory?

I pray that this benefits and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.