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Does Having Taste of Blood in One’s Mouth Invalidate the Fast?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: I am having a lot of problems with bleeding in the mouth and am worried about the validity of my fasting. Sometimes the blood is majority of the saliva and sometimes not.I wake up with a bad taste in my mouth and my spit is yellow and then blood appears.
Does the taste break the fast?
Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
In general, swallowing the blood would nullify the fast.
The taste in and of itself does not invalidate anything. We act on the basis of certainty, and certainty is not lifted by doubts. The basis is that your fasts are valid and sound. If you taste blood in your mouth, simply spit out, rinse your mouth, and continue on with your day. Don’t try to investigate the issue.
I’d also consider visiting a dentist to determine why you have bleeding gums.
Please see: Bleeding Gums While Fasting and: Constantly Bleeding Gums & Fasting

And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Bleeding Gums While Fasting

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: In the past I had bad gums which bled at least once a day sometimes three or four times. I used to try to spit it out sometimes, but sometimes I swallowed it because I just assumed that when in hardship I could swallow it (since I was diagnosed with gingivitis). Thinking back now, I am not sure whether there was more blood than saliva when I swallowed intentionally.

What is the Hanafi view on this?  Were the previous fasts valid or not?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

Firstly, the basis of past worship is validity, and this is at the level of certainty. Only a certain or very highly probable cause of invalidity would take precedence over that.

Moreover, while the dominant opinion in the Hanafi school is that swallowing saliva admixed with blood breaks the fast, there is a weaker narration in the school that it does not. [Razi, Tuhfat al-Muluk]

Considering your situation and in light of the above, your fasts can be deemed valid and need not be made up.

And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani