Rinsing the Nose Whilst Fasting

CategoriesSawm (fast) [206]

Fatwa ID: 05720

 

Answered by: Maulana Tammim Mohamadou

 

Question:

 

I had done ghusl two days earlier but had waswasas regarding it so repeated it during fast. I did not gargle since I know it is to be avoided during fast, but I sniffed water in the nose more than three times so that it reaches the bone. Then I got a feeling in my throat like that in sore throat. Now I am wondering was it water that irritated my throat. If this is the case is my fast invalidated keeping in mind that at the time, I sniffed I knew I was fasting, but I did not want water to reach my throat. The intention was just so that it could reach my nasal bone.

 

 

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

 

Answer:

 

The general principle is that when one is fasting then it is advised to not exaggerate in rinsing the nose and the mouth to avoid water reaching the throat thus invalidating the fast.

 

So, in your situation it is not clear whether water reached the throat or not, therefore, as a measure of precaution, we advise you to catch up one fast, in shā Allah.

 

 

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Tammim Mohamadou

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

 

References:

 

[1] الفتاوى الهندية، “كتاب الفتاوى العالمكيرية الفتاوى الهندية – الباب الرابع فيما يفسد وما لا يفسد،” [متصل]. Available: https://shamela.ws/book/21640/201#p9.

 

[2] الكاساني، “ص91 – كتاب بدائع الصنائع في ترتيب الشرائع – فصل أركان الصيام،” وَلَوْ تَمَضْمَضَ أَوْ اسْتَنْشَقَ فَسَبَقَ الْمَاءُ حَلْقَهُ وَدَخَلَ جَوْفَهُ فَإِنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ ذَاكِرًا لِصَوْمِهِ لَا يَفْسُدُ صَوْمُهُ لِأَنَّهُ لَوْ شَرِبَ لَمْ يَفْسُدْ، فَهَذَا أَوْلَى وَإِنْ كَانَ ذَاكِرًا فَسَدَ صَوْمُهُ عِنْدَنَا. […] يُؤَيِّدُ مَا ذَكَرْنَا أَنَّ الْمَاءَ لَا يَسْبِقُ الْحَلْقَ فِي الْمَضْمَضَةِ، وَالِاسْتِنْشَاقِ عَادَةً إلَّا عِنْدَ الْمُبَالَغَةِ فِيهِمَا، وَالْمُبَالَغَةُ مَكْرُوهَةٌ فِي حَقِّ الصَّائِمِ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – لِلَقِيطِ بْنِ صَبِرَةَ: «بَالِغْ فِي الْمَضْمَضَةِ، وَالِاسْتِنْشَاقِ إلَّا أَنْ تَكُونَ صَائِمًا» فَكَانَ فِي الْمُبَالَغَةِ مُتَعَدِّيًا فَلَمْ يُعْذَرْ بِخِلَافِ النَّاسِي.. [متصل]. Available: https://shamela.ws/book/8183/414#p6.

 

 

 

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