Emission of Madhi without Pleasure Does Not Invalidate Fasting
Fatwa No: 453115

Question

Salamu 3allaikum,Last Ramadan i emitted Madhi during some days.I think most of the time it wasn´t on purpose but i don´t know for each time exactly.I watched some Fatawa where it was said that it doesn´t nullify my fasting. I follow the Maliki school of thought but because i saw also a Maliki Sheikh who said that it doesn´t nullify the fasting i took also the opininon.Now i want to know whether this was right or not.And if not how many days should i fast? I don´t remember exactly how many times this happened.

Answer

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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

What we learned from the Maliki School is that the emission of Madhi nullifies the fasting if the fasting person deliberately emits it, or that it was emitted accompanied by pleasure, but if the emission was not deliberate, or it was not for a habitual pleasure, then it does not nullify the fasting.

Hashiyat Ad-Dasooqi ‘ala As-Sharh Al-Kabeer when highlighting that Madhi affects the fasting if it was emitted accompanied by a habitual pleasure, reads: (No [it does not invalidate fasting] if it was emitted without any pleasure, or it was emitted accompanied by pleasure but not habitual, then it does not nullify the fasting.” [End of quote]

Accordingly, if Madhi was emitted unintentionally, and was not due to habitual pleasure, then your fast is valid, and you do not have to make up for it based on what was mentioned in Al-Maliki books.

Assuming that the emission of Madhi nullifies your fasting, and you were not aware of the number of days that you must make up, then you continue to make up until you think that you most likely covered those days and are acquitted from sin.

Moreover, the opinion of many scholars is that Madhi does not nullify the fasting, and it is permissible for you to follow this saying, for the common person is permitted to follow a scholar whom he/she trusts, and it is not obligatory to follow a particular school of jurisprudence.

Allah knows best.

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