Do Blood Transfusions Break the Fast?

Fatwa ID: 03899

Answered by: Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

 

Question

Is the fast valid if you go for a blood transfusion?

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

Answer:

A blood transfusion is when you're given blood from someone else. A blood transfusion may be needed because the body is not making enough red blood cells or because you have lost blood.[1]

Fasting will become invalid if anything is inserted through a normal opening such as the mouth, nose or private parts and it reaches the stomach or the brain.[2]

When blood transfusion is performed and the blood of a donor enters into the body of a fasting person the above conditions which invalidate the fasting are not met, i.e. the blood does not reach the stomach or brain and also the blood does not enter through a normal opening, therefore the fasting would remain intact and valid.

 

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 


[2] Al-Hidayah, v.2 pg.116, Bushra Prints

 

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