Does Using Clove on Cotton Wool for Toothache whilst Fasting Break the Fast?

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Fatwa ID: 03884

Answered by: Maulana Belaal Ahmed



Assalamu alaikum

I have a quick question. If you have Roza and you have a very painful toothache so you use clove oil on cotton wool and place it on the tooth, does it break your fast? Sometimes you can taste the bitter taste of the clove oil. I read one fatwa by a Hanafi jurist that it doesn't break the fast.


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



In such an incident, as long as the medicine or the taste of the clove oil does not reach the throat (i.e. one doesn't swallow it) the fast will remain, even if the bitterness remains in the mouth.[1]

However, one should try to avoid such medicine unless totally necessary as it is very hard to maintain the fast in such a way because if he swallows the medicine the fast will break.


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Written by Maulana Belaal Ahmed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Fataawa Mahmoodiya vol 10 pg 155



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