Q: What is the verdict concerning the use of
perfumes during the day of fasting Ramadan?
Q: I try my level best to abide by time of
Fajr, (dawn), during the month of Ramadan to declare fast. One day, I was eating and
hearing the call of Fajr Prayer, I threw the bite from my mouth and declare fasting.
Was my fasting valid or not?
- A: It is allowed to wear perfume while fasting as one does not inhale the smokes if it is burned incense.
Q: what is the ruling for eating or drinking
forgetfully while fasting? If one sees a fasting person reaching for something to eat
or drink during fasting hours, should he remind or not?
- A: Fasting was valid because the person did not continue to eat any more
after realizing Fajr had been declared.
Q: Is it permitted to observe fasting the six
days of Shawal before makeup days which were missed of fasting Ramadan?
- A: Eating or drinking forgetfully while fasting will not render fasting
null. However, of one remembers that one is fasting, one must stop eating or
drinking immediately. If the bite or drink is still in the month, it should be
spited out immediately. The proof of the validity of the fast of such a person
is indicated in the statement of Allah’s Prophet, peace be upon him, as
reported by Muslim: "If one forgot and ate or drink while
fasting, one should complete his fast. This food or drink that one takes
forgetful is but a grant provided by Allah, the Almighty."
Q: Will taking injections in either the muscle
or the vein affect fasting?
- A: The person who still owes some days of Ramadan, must first complete
the days to be made up, then offer the voluntary fast of the days of Shawal.
Q: Will Gargling with mouth wash render
- A: Injections may be either for treatment or nourishment. If the shot is
intended for nourishment and is a substitute of food, then it will render
fasting null. As for shots that are meant for medical treatment only, they do
not affect fasting at all, regardless of whether they are taken via muscle or
Q: Are there social benefits to fasting?
- A: Gargling with mouth wash while fasting does not break the fast, provided
that it is not swallowed. It is better, however, not to use mouth wash while
fasting unless it is an extreme necessity. Gargling generally does not break the
fast unless the fasting person swallows even a drop.
Q: What is the type of travel that entitles the
traveler to break fast?
- A: Yes, indeed. Fasting has many social benefits, some which are the
- The feeling of belonging to one single nation, Muslims during
the month of Ramadan eat at the same time and stop eating at the
same time (with consideration to longitudes and latitudes of
various countries and cities).
- The rich people feel and appreciate the Grace of Allah, the
Almighty upon them. And feel sympathy for the poor, needy, widows and
orphans in their society.
- Fasting increases ties with the Lord, Allah, the Almighty, thus
increasing the level of piety and goodness, fasting also strengthens
ties amongst various members of the society, the rich and poor.
Q: Are there any conditions for the fasting of
minors and is it true that their fasting reward is their parent’s?
- A: Traveling for a good reason for a distance of more than 83
Kilometers entitles one to break fast. Some scholars do not set a fixed
distance which entitles a traveler to break fast. It is distance of (3)
Farshakh (roughly 5 moles), he shortened the prayers. Unlawful travel of
all types do not entitle a traveler also does not entitle a traveler also
does not entitle the traveler to use the permits offered by Islam. However,
some scholars make no distinction between lawful and unlawful travels. Allah, the
Almighty knows best.
Q: I am a seventeen year old girl. During the
last two years I did not make up the days I missed of Ramadan. What should I do?
- A: It is allowed for the parents to train the minors to fast while less
than ten year of age if they can fast. If they reach the age of puberty they
must fast as adults do and if they can fast before puberty they should allocation
from all nullifiers of fasting and they will get rewarded. The parents also get
reward if minors fast.
Q: Some Muslim scholars criticize Muslims who
observes fasting, but do not maintain the prescribed daily prayers. What is the relationship
between fasting and prayer?
- A: You must begin the make up days which missed of the two months of
Ramadan. You must start as soon as possible, even if you observe fasting on
separate days. Along with making up thise missed daus, you must pay an
atonement, I.e. you must feed a poor person for each and every day you missed.
This is the opinion of majority of Muslim scholars who consider delaying the
fast more than one year a matter then needs a atonement.
Q: I was treated with an intravenous injection
during the fasting hours of the day of Ramadan. Was the fasting valid or do I have to
make up that day later?
- those who criticize you for fasting and not maintaining
the daily prescribed prayers are right. Prayer is the main pillar of Islam. The
person who purposefully neglects the daily prescribed prayers is declared a
non-Muslim, denying the right of His Lord, Allah the Almighty. This person will not
be entitled to the reward of fasting, charity, pilgrimage or anything else. This
is based on the verse of the Holy Qur’an:
"And nothing prevents their contributions from being
accepted from them excepted from them that they disbelieved in Allah and His
Messenger (Mohammad, peace be upon him); and that they came not to As-Salat
except in a lazy state, and that they offer not contributions but unwillingly."
(9:54). Thus , if fasts, but does not maintain the prescribed daily prayers, he will
render his fasting null. Such a person will not benefit from fasting.
Q: Does donating blood during the fasting hours
render fasting null? And, is it permissible ?
- A: If the injection was nutrious, as opposed to treatment, then the
fasting was invalid. If not, I.e. if it was a pain killing treatment or
something that sort, then the fasting remained valid.
Q: Is it permissible for the cooks to taste the
food to insure its satisfactory taste while fasting?
- A: Donating a generous amount of blood during the fasting hours of day
renders fasting null. However, if the extracted amount of blood is insignificant,
e.g. for blood testing purposes, it will not nullify the fast.
Q: If a menstruating woman become clean and
fully pure of right after the call of Fajir. Should she declare fasting for that day?
- A: Tasting the food by the tip of the tongue to ensure its satisfactory
taste is permissible provided that the tasting person for only checking the level
of salt, sweetness of else does not sallow any of the food.
Source: Sheikh Mohammad Salih Al-Othaimeen
and Sheikh Abdullah bim Abdul Rahman Al-Jibreen. FATAWA ON FASTING, ZAKAT &TRAWEEH.
Dar-us-Salam, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- A: If a woman became completely free from menstrual blood on or period to
Fajir prayer call, it is all right for her to declare fsting that day, even if
she does not take a full abulation (Ghusul) at that time.