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  1. If a person who has ASTHMA and has to use an Inhaler at least twice a day, and these are used at Sehri & Iftaar, can the Inhaler be used whilst fasting in the case of need?
  2. If a person suffers from Hayfever and also one uses a Nasal Spray which is used during Sehri & Iftaar and can the Nasal Spray be used whilst fasting in case of need?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Both Ashthma inhaler and nasal spray may be used at Sehri and then at Iftār.

As for during fast: 

1.       Asthma pump is specifically designed to pass the medication through ones throat. Using the asthma inhaler during fast without any need for it, will invalidate the fast and a Qadha along with a Kaffarah will have to be kept for the invalidated fast. However, if the inhaler is used in case of an asthma attack, then only a Qadha will be wajib without kaffarah.

2.       Nasal Spray is used for the inner lining of the nose. It is makruh to use an inhaler during fast. If the medication from the nasal spray passes the throat, then the fast is invalidated and a Qadha will have to be kept along with a kaffarah. However, if the spray is used in case of an attack, then only a Qadha will become wajib without kaffarah. [1]


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Faisal bin Abdul Hameed,
Montréal, Canada

Checked and Concurred by,
Maulana Ismail Desai 

[1]    “أو دخل حلقه دخان بلا صنعه” لعدم قدرته على الامتناع عنه فصار كبلل بقي في فمه بعد المضمضة لدخوله من الأنف إذا أطبق الفم وفيما ذكرنا إشارة إلى أنه من أدخل بصنعه دخانا حلقه بأي صورة كان الإدخال فسد صومه سواء كان دخان عنبرا أو عودا أو غيرهما حتى من تبخر ببخور فآواه إلى نفسه واشتم دخانه ذاكرا لصومه أفطر لإمكان التحرز عن إدخال المفطر جوفه ودماغه وهذا مما يغفل عنه كثير من الناس فلينبه له ولا يتوهم أنه كشم الورود ومائه والمسك لوضوح الفرق بين هواء تطيب بريح المسك وشبهه وبين جوهر دخان وصل إلى جوفه بفعله    (حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: 660))


(أو دواء) ما يتداوى به والضابط وصول ما فيه صلاح بدنه لجوفه ومنه ريق حبيبه فيكفر لوجود معنى صلاح البدن فيه دراية وغيرها (الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (2/ 410)) 


“وغير مضطر” إذا المضطر لا كفارة عليه “لزمه القضاء” استدراكا للمصلحة الفائتة(حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: 664))





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