Is My Fast Valid if I Can Taste the Medicine Used Nasally?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


I ingested some medicine orally and nasally and could taste it despite rinsing my mouth and nose. This was before Fajr had come in and later till after it came in too. Is my fast valid?


Don’t worry. Merely tasting something in your mouth, especially medication which usually has a lasting taste, will not invalidate your fast. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Your fast is valid. I look forward to a tremendous reward from Allah. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ”Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and expecting a reward will have all his past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari]

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.