Mind Boggling Religious Rules

I’m guessing that most of our readers will be familiar with at least a few of the fairly brain numbing rules that Christianity dictates for its adherents, and I’m pretty sure we all know that all Christians are at best selective about which rules they follow and which they don’t. Leviticus’ instructions on making burnt offerings spring to mind as the obvious example. The Abrahamic religions all seem to have these little aberrations, so I set myself the task of finding the most bizarre set of religious rules I could.

Now, at this point I want to invite contributions in the comments section (please don’t use circumcision as an example, it’s too obvious), but before you do that I’d like you all to wrap your minds around this: Ladies and gentlemen, the rules laid down by Islam, concerning male ejaculation during periods of fasting!


Sexual intercourse invalidates the fast, even if the penetration is as little as the tip of the male organ, and even if there has been no ejaculation.

If the penetration is less than the tip of the male organ, so that it cannot be said that intercourse has taken place, also if no ejaculation takes place, the fast does not become invalid. This applies to both, circumcised and uncircumcised men.

If a person commits sexual intercourse intentionally and then doubts whether penetration was upto the point of circumcision or not his fast, as an obligatory precaution, becomes invalid, and it is necessary for him to observe its qadha. It is not, however, obligatory on him to give Kaffarah.

If a person forgets that he is observing fast and commits sexual intercourse or he is compelled to have sexual intercourse in a manner that makes him helpless, his fast does not become void. However, if he remembers (that he is observing fast) or ceases to be helpless during sexual intercourse, he should withdraw from the sexual intercourse at once, and if he does not, his fast becomes void.


If a person, who is observing fast, performs masturbation (Istimna), his fast becomes void (The explanation of istimna has been given in rule 1581/iii).

If semen is discharged from the body of a person involuntarily, his fast does not become void.

Even if a person observing fast knows that if he sleeps during the day time he will become Mohtalim (i.e. semen will be discharged from his body during sleep) it is permissible for him to sleep, even if he may not be inconvenienced by not sleeping. And if he becomes Mohtalim, his fast does not become void.

If a person who is observing fast, wakes up from sleep while ejaculation is taking place, it is not obligatory on him to stop it.

A fasting person who has become Mohtalim can urinate even if he knows that by urinating the remaining semen will flow from his body.

If a fasting person who has become Mohtalim, knows that some semen has remained in his body and if he does not urinate before taking Ghusl, it will come out after Ghusl, he should on the basis of recommended precaution, urinate before taking Ghusl.

A person who indulges in courtship with an intention to allow semen to be discharged, will complete his fast and also observe its qadha, even if semen is not discharged.

If a fasting person indulges in courtship without the intention of allowing the semen to be discharged, and also, if he is sure that semen will not be discharged, his fast is in order, even if semen may be discharged unexpectedly. However, if he is not sure about the discharge and it takes place, then his fast is void. ” Source

Glossary of terms:

“Istimna” – Cuffing one off.
“Mohtalim” – Having a wet dream.
“Ghusl” – Taking a bath. Only it’s a ritual bath.

I know it’s childish, but I did giggle about this one! So come on (no pun intended), readers: Find me some weirder religious rules. Bonus points if they’re rules that are actually observed.

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