How To Rinse Entire Mouth and Nose in an Obligatory Bath Without the Risk of Breaking the Fast?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Is it valid for me to make ghusl without rinsing the mouth and nose during the ghusl itself but while still in the bathroom, moving on to perform wudu right after that includes washing both the mouth and nose, which is required for ghusl but because I do it directly after in wudu anyway.

I assume I am purified and complete with my ghusl. Basically, my mouth and nose are rinsed during the wudu I perform after washing the entire body. I don’t do wudu in the beginning but in the end.

I kept having wet dreams after fajr, so I make ghusl while fasting, but how do I rinse the entire mouth and nose without risk of breaking the fast? I only do the front of the mouth and the beginning of the nose to be safe.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

It is valid for you to rinse your mouth and nose while doing wudu in an obligatory bath. However, one rinses the mouth, bending one’s head without exaggerating by putting the head back. Like rinsing the nose, one just puts water in the nose, bending one’s head without putting the head back, as you have mentioned.

There is a balance between doing things right and having exaggerated concerns. One should just focus on the former.

Rinsing the mouth or the nose without any water proceeding down the throat does not invalidate the fast.  [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; ‘Ala’uddin Ibn ‘Abidin, Al-Hadiyya al-Ala‘iyya]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.