Assalaamu alaikum Seyyidi and all staff of eShaykh,
I have been affected by this habit very much since the age of 13 and only recently gained more control over it, but the habit still persists. I managed to quit for a period of 6 months before it made a return but it again has started to reduce.
Due to my ignorance I didn’t know that this would invalidate my fast. If I knew I would have strictly avoided. To my knowledge I only knew that fasting is refraining from food and water as that is what they taught me at school and nothing about bad habits unfortunately.
Please pray for me and could you let me know if I still have to make up for those fast if it is invalid?
Jazak Allah Khair
wa `alaykum salam,
What was done as a result of ignorance is forgiven. You just need to sincerely repent (tawbah) and ask forgiveness (istighfar) for the past fast. Masturbation is a bad habit and forbidden.