[Q-ID0470] What is the ruling on using eye drops, ear drops and nose drops when Fasting?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars and muftis of the noble Shari’ah say regarding the following matter; is it permissible to use eye drops; ear drops or nose drops whilst fasting?

Questioner: Kabir from England

ANSWER:

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

It is impermissible to use eye drops or nasal drops whilst fasting. According to new research and the science of anatomy, there is a passage between the eyes and the throat. Therefore, using eye drops will invalidate the fast. Likewise, inserting nasal drops into the nose also nullifies the fast as there is a passage between the nose and the throat; this is well known. It is from amongst the principles of the Hanafi Fiqh that if anything reaches the stomach from a passage, the fast will break.

According to new research, there is no passage between the ears and the throat. Therefore, placing drops into the ear does not break the fast on the condition that the ear drum is not perforated.

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 Dawud Hanif

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