What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: If someone swallowed their own saliva or phlegm, then will this invalidate their fast?

Questioner: Brother from UK


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

If someone swallowed their saliva or phlegm whilst it was still in the mouth, then this will not invalidate their fast. If it came out the mouth and then swallowed, this will be thereby invalidating one’s fast. Just as it is stated in Fatāwā Hindiyyah,

“وَلَوْ سَالَ لُعَابُهُ مِنْ فِيهِ إلَى ذَقَنِهِ مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ يَنْقَطِعَ مِنْ دَاخِلِ فَمِهِ ثُمَّ رَدَّهُ إلَى فِيهِ وَابْتَلَعَهُ لَا يُفْطِرُهُ”

“If a string of saliva was to flow from one’s mouth to the chin without breaking its link, and this went back into the mouth and was then swallowed, this would thereby not break the fast.”

[al-Fatāwā al-Hindiyyah, vol 1, ch 4, pg 302]

Likewise, it is stated in Bahār-e-Sharī’at that if there was some phlegm in one’s mouth and one swallowed it, then regardless of its amount, this will not invalidate one’s fast, but these kinds of actions are to be avoided.

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 1, part 5, pg 983]

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

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

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