[Q-ID0467] Does wearing contact lenses soaked in solution nullify the Fast?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars and muftis of the revered Sharī’ah say regarding the following matter, does a fast become invalid from wearing contact lenses? As before wearing them, they are soaked in solution. 

Questioner: Hassan from England

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

There is only permission for wearing contact lenses which are soaked in solution when the liquid, meaning, solution has been properly cleaned off so that it doesn’t reach the throat through the eye passage. This is because according to new research and the science of anatomy, there is a passage between the eye and throat, and it is an accepted principle of Hanafī fiqh that the fast will become invalid if anything reaches the throat or brain through a passage.

Just as it is mentioned in Radd al-Muhtār

وَ الْمُفْطِرُ إنَّمَا هُوَ الدّاخِلُ مِنَ الْمَنَافِذِ

“A fast becomes invalid when something enters through [one of] the passages.”

[Radd al-Muhtār, Bāb mā Yufsid al-Sawm wa mā lā Yufsiduh, Vol. 2, Pg. 396]

And likewise, if the lenses are only moist and there is no liquid on them, even then one is allowed to wear them in the state of fasting because they are only moist but there is no such thing on them which can reach the throat through the eyes.

If, after wearing the contact lenses, one can taste the solution in the throat, then the fast will break. Therefore, it is better that one avoids wearing them whilst in the state of fasting.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Haider Ali

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