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Does Using an Asthma Inhaler Break the Fast?

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Mohamed
2013/07/20
I heard two fatwas about using inhaler to relieve asthma attacks during the fasting of Ramadan. One fatwa permits the use of the inhaler and the other fatwa says using it breaks the fast. I am not sure which one to follow. Will the use of the inhaler, which mainly goes to the lungs, affect my fasting? Jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Muzammil Siddiqi
`Abdul-`Aziz Ibn Baz
Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

 Dear brother in Islam, we would like to thank you for showing interest in learning the teachings of Islam, and we appreciate the great confidence you have in us. We hope our efforts meet your expectations.

With regard to your question, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the ISNA and member of the Fiqh Council of North America, answers,

The use of an inhaler during fasting is permissible because the inhaler only provides some moisture; it doesn't involve the taking in of any liquid or food through the mouth. Even when we take a breath, we take in some moisture into our throats and that doesn't break our fast. Therefore, in any similar way, the use of an inhaler is permissible.

The late Saudi scholar Sheikh Abdul-`Azeez Ibn Baz (may Allah bless his soul), said in one of his fatwas,

The use of inhaler is permissible in case of necessity, based on the verse: "… and He has already made plain to you what He has forbidden to you-- excepting what you are compelled to…" (Al-An`am 119)

It is also permissible because it does not resemble food or drink; it is similar to undergoing a blood test or taking non-nutritional injections.

Do keep in touch. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to write back.

Allah Almihjty knows best.

 

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