Ramadan, Things that break and do not break the fast

Ramadan Fast

Muslims around the world are enjoying Ramadan, a month of fasting and spiritual growth as it is one of the five “pillars of Islam”. With the beginning of the holy month Ramadan, Muslims refrain from drinking, eating, smoking, any sexual activity, etc. from dawn to sunset in order to keep invalidate their fast.

Here are some verdicts resulting from Fatwas of famous Muslim scholars about this critical issue.

Bleeding From Mouth and Nose

Bleeding from mouth and nose does not affect the fast but the one who observe fast should avoid swallowing it.

Use of Inhaler

Use of an inhaler, a medical device usually used by asthma patients for delivering medication into the body, does not break the fast.

Nose Drops

Putting drops in the nose for treatment does not break the fast unless taste of drops reaches the throat or stomach.

Tasting Food

Skaykh Ibn al-Uthaymin said that tasting the food does not break the fast, saying it is permissible for the one preparing the meal to taste food using the tip of the tongue whilst taking precaution in not swallowing anything.

Sexual Relation

Engaging in sexual activities whether these are happening between sexual relations between dawn and sunset breaks the fast.

Using Toothpaste

The fast will not break by using mouthwash and toothpaste. However it is preferable to avoid using toothpaste or mouthwash as they may reach the throat.


As the act is a sin, this practice breaks the fast. The scholar says, if the person does not ejaculate then be needs to repent from the sin of masturbating, however the fast is still valid.


Vomiting does not break the fast unless vomiting happens deliberately.

Kissing and Hugging

The scholar says kissing and hugging do not break the fast, however, this is only allowed if it does not lead to sexual arousal. The release of prostatic fluid does not break the fast unless resulted in ejaculation.


Taking anesthetic injection does not break the fast but taking nutritional injections breaks the fast as these are considered similar to food.

Eye Drops

Using eye drops also does not break the fast even if the taste of the medicine reaches the throat.

Smelling of Perfumes

According to Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymin and Shaykh Ibn Baz, fast does not break by smelling or applying unless you do not inhale and ingest it.


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