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Ramadan 2018: 30 questions on what breaks your fast and what doesn't

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Filed on April 25, 2018 | Last updated on April 25, 2018 at 12.43 pm
Ramadan 2018: 30 questions on what breaks your fast and what doesnt


Do nicotine patches invalidate the Ramadan fast? And what about nasal drops? Clear all your doubts here.

The holy month of Ramadan has started, and Muslims all over the world are observing fast from dawn till dusk.

In some countries, fasting extends for 20 hours or more, as shown in this interactive infographic.

For many of us, the dos and don'ts of fasting are quite clear. But there are also those who may be fasting for the first time, or those who -- out of health reasons -- may need to undergo some medical procedures. Here we list out 30 common questions people have about fasting, as provided by the official fatwa centre of the United Arab Emirates.

1 Flowing of blood Doesn't break
2 Applying kohl (antimony eyeliner) Doesn't break
3 Bathing Doesn't break
4 Make-up Doesn't break
5 Wet dreams Doesn't break
6 Suppositories (medical insertions) Doesn't break
7 Injections (intravenous, muscular or skin) Doesn't break
8 Insulin injections (for diabetes) Doesn't break
9 Dust from roads Doesn't break
10 Swallowing one's saliva or phlegm Doesn't break
11 Using or inhaling perfumes Doesn't break
12 Nicotine patches Doesn't break
13 Nose bleed or tooth bleeding Doesn't break, provided you don't swallow
14 Eye and ear drops Doesn't break, unless one feels a taste on one's throat, in which case the fast has to be made up later
15 Swimming and diving Doesn't break, though best avoided out of feat of breaking the fast if one ingests water
16 Vomiting unintentionally Doesn't break, unless one re-swallows the vomit that comes out
17 Taking oxygen Doesn't break if it's just air, but if accompanied by water or medication that reaches the throat, then the fast is invalidated
18 Miswak stick Doesn't break, though disliked if the Miswak is moist
19 Tasting food without swallowing Doesn't break, though a fasting person shouldn't do this except in need
20 Toothpaste Doesn't break, unless it reaches the throat and hence is better not to use as it could jeopardise the fast
21 Lip moisturiser Doesn't break, provided you don't swallow
22 Asthma pump Doesn't break, provided you don't sense taste in throat
23 Nutritious injections Breaks the fast
24 Gargling mouthwash Breaks the fast
25 Tablets placed under the tongue Breaks the fast
26 Intentional vomiting Breaks the fast
27 Deliberately inhaling bukhoor (knowing its ruling) Breaks the fast. Fast is not broken if accidentally inhaled
28 Nose drops/nasal spray Breaks the fast, if it reaches the throat
29 Value of fidya of a fasting person Dh10
30 Value of Zakat Ul Fitr Dh20

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These prayer timings are for Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. For Abu Dhabi, add four minutes. Deduct four minutes for Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, and six minutes for Fujairah.

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