Friday, July 20, 2012

..::..Using Inhalers, Nasal Sprays & Eye Drops while Fasting..::.


QUESTION 1: Does using a puffer for asthma in the mouth during the day in Ramadaan invalidate the fast for one who is suffering difficulty in breathing?.

ANSWER: Using a puffer for asthma during the day in Ramadaan does not invalidate the fast.

The puffer used for asthma does not invalidate the fast because it is a pressurized gas that goes to the lungs, and is not food, and it is something that is always needed, in Ramadaan and at other times.

Fataawa al-Da’wah, Ibn Baaz, no. 979.

See the booklet Sab’oon Mas’alah fi’l-Siyaam (Seventy issues related to fasting).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

This puffer evaporates and does not reach the stomach, so in this case we say that there is nothing wrong with using this puffer when you are fasting, and you do not break your fast by doing that.

Fataawa Arkaan al-Islam, p. 475

The scholars of the Standing Committee said:

The asthma medication that the patient uses by inhaling it reaches the lungs via the trachea and does not reach the stomach, so it is not food or drink or anything of the sort… So it seems that the fast is not broken by using this medicine. (Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/130)

And Allaah knows best.

QUESTION 2: What is the ruling on using nasal sprays when fasting?.

ANSWER: There is nothing wrong with that in cases of necessity, but if it is possible to delay it until night time then that is more on the safe side. End quote.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him).

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (15/264).

In a statement by the Islamic Fiqh Council it says:

The following things are not regarded as breaking the fast: … eye drops, ear drops, having the ears syringed, nose drops, nasal sprays – if one avoids swallowing anything that reaches the throat. End quote.
Majallat al-Majma’ (10/2/454)

QUESTION 3: If the bitter taste of eye drops enters the throat, does it break the fast? If you put the eye drops in during the day and then go to sleep, and do not know whether you swallowed it, what is the ruling?.

ANSWER: The scholars differed concerning eye drops and whether or not they break the fast.

The view favoured by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, is that they do not break the fast.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah was of the view that kohl does not break the fast, not even if the taste of the kohl reaches the throat. He said, this is not called food or drink, and it is not like food or drink, and it does not have the same effect as food or drink. There is no saheeh hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) which expressly indicates that kohl breaks the fast, and the basic principle is that it does not break the fast. An act of worship remains valid unless it is proven that it is invalidated. What he said is correct, even if a person can taste it in his throat. Based on the view favoured by Shaykh al-Islam, if a person puts drops in his eyes whilst fasting and tastes it in his throat, that does not break his fast.

Al-Sharh al-Mumti’, 6/382

~ Islamic Reflections

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