Will Vaping Make Fasting Invalid?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


Does vaping invalidate fasting? If I vape forty days before Ramadan, will it invalidate my fasts?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to that which is pleasing to Him. Amin.

Vaping while fasting will break one’s fast since the vaporized liquid enters the body’s cavity and breaks one’s fast in the Shafi‘i School. [Nawawi, Majmu‘]

Vaping forty days before Ramadan or on the nights of Ramadan will not affect the validity of your fasting, and Allah knows best. Please see this link.

Ruling on Vaping

Vaping (inhaling vaporized e-liquid) as a recreational activity is a relatively new phenomenon. Contemporary scholars differ regarding its ruling. The ruling on vaping depends on two primary factors. One, the ingredients of the e-liquid, and two, the proven and probable effects of vaping on the user.

The ingredients of most consumer-grade e-liquid (vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine [sometimes], and flavoring) are pure (contain no filth).

The information available online about the ‘effects of vaping on one’s health by some renowned online medical sources appear to regard vaping as harmful. If this is conclusive, vaping is unlawful, and Allah knows best.

Suppose reliable research proves that vaping is not harmful. In that case, the waste of money, imitation of sinners (who smoke unlawful substances), and preoccupation with frivolous pastimes still render the act of vaping disliked, as some scholars ruled on cigarette smoking, and Allah knows best. [al-Mawsu‘a al-Fiqhiyya]

See this for more details:
The Legal Rulings on Chewing Tobacco and Smoking Cigarettes

I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.
[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar Shaykh Taha Karaan.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and has completed his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.