Effect Of Medicines And Medical Treatments On Fasting
The Awqaf -
there any consensus amongst Muslim scholars as to
which medicinal preperations are permitted whilst
fasting. More specifically are: a)tablets/syrups
b)inhalers for asthma c)suppositories and
d)intravenous forms of treatment allowed.
The question of inhalers for asthma is very pertinent
to us in the UK, as some 20% of young people now
suffer from asthma.
I would appreciate a detailed response with reference
to any conference proceedings etc if possible
Praise be to Allaah.
There follows a list of a number of things used in the
medical field, explaining what does and does not break
the fast. This is a summary of shar'i research
presented to the Islamic Fiqh Council during its
I – The following things do not have any effect on the
Eye drops, ear drops, ear syringing, nose drops and
nasal sprays – so long as one avoids swallowing any
material that may reach the throat.
Tablets or lozenges that are placed beneath the tongue
for the treatment of angina pectoris etc., so long as
one avoids swallowing any material that reaches the
Vaginal pessaries, douching, use of a speculum, or
internal digital examination.
Introduction of a scope or coil (IUD), etc., into the
Introduction of a scope or catheter into the urethra
(male of female), or injection of dyes for diagnostic
imaging, or of medication, or cleaning of the bladder.
Drilling of teeth (prior to filling), extraction or
polishing of teeth, using a miswaak or toothbrush, so
long as one avoids swallowing any material that
reaches the throat.
Rinsing, gargling or applying topical treatment in the
mouth, so long as one avoids swallowing any material
that reaches the throat.
Injections, whether subcutaneous, intra-muscular or
intra-venous – with the exception of those used for
purposes of nutrition.
Anaesthetics, so long as they do not supply nutrition
to the patient.
Medicines absorbed through the skin, such as creams,
lotions and patches used to administer medication
through the skin.
Introduction of a catheter into the veins in order to
examine or treat the vessels of the heart or other
Laparoscopy for the purpose of diagnosis or surgical
treatment of the abdominal organs.
Biopsies of the liver and other organs, so long as
this is not accompanied by the administration of
Gastroscopy, so long as this is not accompanied by the
administration of nutrients.
Introduction of medicine or instruments into the brain
or spinal cord.
Involuntary vomiting (as opposed to self-induced
II – The Muslim doctor should advise his patient to
postpone the above-described treatments and procedures
until after he has broken his fast, if it is safe to
do so and will not cause any harm (even if these
procedures will not have any effect on his fast).
Majma' al-Fiqh al-Islami (Islamic Fiqh Council), p.