Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
- Your fast is valid as long as you have the intention to fast and it is permissible to delay ghusl until the time of Fajr.
- In the case of ghusl following intercourse, it is recommended for the husband and wife to perform wudu before they sleep and to perform ghusl as soon as they can so that they can pray.
In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Muslim)
Your fast is considered valid as long as you had the intention to fast. Although you should wake up for sahur as there is a great blessing in it, if you happened to wake up late and you did not bathe following impurity due to sexual relations or menses, your fast is considered valid.
We are told in the authentic reports from Aishah, the Mother of the Believers and the beloved wife of the Prophet that the Prophet would wake up sometimes in a state of sexual impurity and yet would be fasting, but he would bathe prior to performing Fajr Prayer.
Allah Almighty knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.