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Tasting food while fasting

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by DarulUloomTT.net

Question:
As salaamu ‘alaykum.

I have read somewhere that it is permissible for a fasting person to taste the food that they are cooking for their family/guests etc., providing that they do not consume bite sizes and whatnot.
Is this true ?

Answer:
Wa Alaikum As Salaam,
Generally, tasting the food etc. is reprehensible (makrooh) while fasting. The allowance is only given at a time when a wife fears cruelty from her husband if the food is not cooked properly. In this case, she will be allowed to taste the food while cooking, in order to save herself from the cruelty of her husband. When this is not the case, then it is not proper for her to taste the food or anything else. ( Fatawa Qadhi Khan Vol. 1 pg 98 : Fatawa Tatar Khaniya Vol. 2 pg 38 — Fatawa Haqqaaniya Vol. 4 pg 156).
And Allah knows best
Mufti Waseem Khan
25/7/2013

This answer was collected from DarulUloomTT.net, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Waseem Khan from Darul Uloom Trinidad and Tobago.

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