Hadith on Ramadan: Redemption through charity for one who breaks fast

July 25, 2012

Abu Huraira reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “I am destroyed, O Messenger of Allah!” The Prophet said, “What has destroyed you?” The man said, “I was intimate with my wife during Ramadan.” The Prophet said, “Can you find a slave to set free?” He said no. The Prophet said, “Are you able to fast two months in a row?” He said no. The Prophet said, “Can you find sixty poor people to feed?” He said no. Then the man sat down and someone came to the Prophet with a basket of dates. The Prophet said, “Give these dates in charity.” The man said, “Is there someone poorer than us? There is no family between the two plains of Medina that is poorer than mine.” The Prophet laughed until we could see his back teeth and he said, “Go and feed your family.”

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 1834, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 1111

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ هَلَكْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ قَالَ وَمَا أَهْلَكَكَ قَالَ وَقَعْتُ عَلَى امْرَأَتِي فِي رَمَضَانَ قَالَ هَلْ تَجِدُ مَا تُعْتِقُ رَقَبَةً قَالَ لَا قَالَ فَهَلْ تَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ تَصُومَ شَهْرَيْنِ مُتَتَابِعَيْنِ قَالَ لَا قَالَ فَهَلْ تَجِدُ مَا تُطْعِمُ سِتِّينَ مِسْكِينًا قَالَ لَا قَالَ ثُمَّ جَلَسَ فَأُتِيَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِعَرَقٍ فِيهِ تَمْرٌ فَقَالَ تَصَدَّقْ بِهَذَا قَالَ أَفْقَرَ مِنَّا فَمَا بَيْنَ لَابَتَيْهَا أَهْلُ بَيْتٍ أَحْوَجُ إِلَيْهِ مِنَّا فَضَحِكَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ حَتَّى بَدَتْ أَنْيَابُهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ اذْهَبْ فَأَطْعِمْهُ أَهْلَكَ

1834 صحيح البخاري كتاب الصوم باب إذا جامع في رمضان ولم يكن له شيء فتصدق عليه فليكفر

1111 صحيح مسلم كتاب الصيام باب تغليظ تحريم الجماع في نهار رمضان على الصائم ووجوب الكفارة الكبرى فيه