Water entering larynx after Wudu during Ramadan

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In Ramadan when I make Wudu and I doubt whether water has entered my larynx so I don't know if my (Sawm) is true or not?


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger, may Allah exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

A fasting person is ordered not to inhale water strongly lest the water should enter the throat. Laqit Ibn Sabrah, may Allah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: "Exaggerate when rinsing your nose unless you are fasting". (At-Tirmithi, Ibn Maajah and others).

If a fasting person takes precautions not to let water enter his throat, but doubts whether some water entered his throat, the fast is still correct and such doubts do not have any effect on the validity of fast.

Even if one is sure that water has indeed entered his throat accidentally it does not affect the fast, according to the most correct opinion of the scholars. This rule is confirmed by Imaam Ibn Qudaamah, may Allah have mercy on him, in his book al-Mughni.

Allah knows best.

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb



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