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Do Blood Transfusions Break the Fast?

Answered by: Maulana Muqtaur Rahman


Is the fast valid if you go for a blood transfusion?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


A blood transfusion is when you’re given blood from someone else. A blood transfusion may be needed because the body is not making enough red blood cells or because you have lost blood.[1]

Fasting will become invalid if anything is inserted through a normal opening such as the mouth, nose or private parts and it reaches the stomach or the brain.[2]

When blood transfusion is performed and the blood of a donor enters into the body of a fasting person the above conditions which invalidate the fasting are not met, i.e. the blood does not reach the stomach or brain and also the blood does not enter through a normal opening, therefore the fasting would remain intact and valid.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Muqtaur Rahman

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[2] Al-Hidayah, v.2 pg.116, Bushra Prints

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