Fatwa ID: 04722
Answered by: Mufti Muhammad Afzal Hussain
1) If a woman has a swab test done, will it break her fast?
2) Will ghusl becomes obligatory for her?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Shaykh Mufti Rafi’ Usmani, is of the view that a smear/swab test does not invalidate the fast. They state that the verdict of early Hanafi scholars was based on the impression that there is a connection between a woman’s vagina and urinary system and her digestive system, and as such, anything inserted into the vagina would inevitably reach her stomach. However, modern medical research clearly denies there is any connection between the two. (Rafi’ Usmani, Dabit al-Mufattirat p, 33-34)
This position can be followed as a sound position within the Hanafi School.
Also, ghusl would not be obligatory because it is not under the condition of obligation of ghusl.
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Mufti Muhammad Afzal Hussain
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham