How Should I Perform the Ritual Bath After Homosexual Acts and During Ramadan?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

1) Should a man inserting the tip of the penis in other man’s anus perform
a ghusl?

2) Is the ghusl obligatory even if both were wearing clothes?

3) Is this ghusl the same as the ghusl of janaba?

4) Is it valid to fast in a state of Janaba?

5) I have masturbated during Ramadan. Sometimes during the day, sometimes during the night. Should I make up the previous fasts before this ramadan?

6) Was I pure if I didn’t make an intention for previous Masturbation and wet dreams when performing the ghusl?

Answer: Assalam alaykum. Jazakum Allah khayran for your questions. May Allah reward for you striving to practice the religion.

Please find below the answers to your questions in numerical order:

1) For ghusl to be obligatory, the entire head of the penis must enter the orifice, anal or other. The tip of the penis does not obligate a ghusl.

2) If the entire head of the penis went in, regardless if between clothes, then ghusl is obligatory.

Dear brother, it goes without saying that the above sins are prohibited and among the major sins. If these acts have been performed, and if you haven’t already, I urge you to make repentance as soon as possible, and resolve never to return to them. May Allah guide you to every good.

3) Yes, both are the same.

4) The fasts are valid as it is not a condition of the fast that one is in a state of purity. One can still fast in a state of janabah.

5) Given what you have said, your fasts are valid except for the once that you broke it after suhur. You would need to make that day up and pay a fidia for the day, which repeats each year that passes without making the day up and paying the fidia.

Fidia consists of one mudd of the main staple food (a dry measure consisting of a medium handful, amounting to approximately 0.51 litres) of the place the person is in. One mudd must be paid for each day missed.

You should make sincere tawba for any past sins and practices, and be determined not to return to them again. Once done, move forward and observe Ramadan with energy and devotion.

6) As mentioned your fasts are valid except for that once. In regards the intention for taking the ghusl, in the Shafi’i school one must make the intention for it to be counted as a valid ghusl. it suffices that you simply know that you were taking the ghusl to lift the state of janaba. If you took ghusl for other reasons, such as hygiene, then the ghusls would not count, and therefore your prayers would not have been valid.

However, in the Hanafi school, the intention is not an integral of the ghusl. I suggest you read the description of the Hanafi position in the link below. If your ghusl fulfilled the conditions laid out in the answer then you may follow this opinion and consider your prayers valid. If your ghusls did not meet the Hanafi conditions, then your prayers would be invalid and need to made up:

The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

May Allah make you firm in the faith and guide you to everything that is good.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.