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Licking spittle on lips during fasting

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Sometimes when I talk the spittle from talking lands on my lips. Is this permissible to lick and swallow?

I have more worries that I haven’t mentioned. Such thoughts really make my fast harder and make me actually afraid to fast so I keep avoiding to make up the ones I missed in Ramadan.

Please help. JazakAllah Khairan


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Since the saliva comes onto your lips unintentionally, your fast will not break if you lick your lips and swallow the saliva.


And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)


وقال أبو جعفر إذا خرج البزاق على شفتيه ثم ابتلعه فسد صومه وفي الخانية ترطب شفتاه ببزاقه عند الكلام ونحوه فابتلعه لا يفسد صومه  (مراقي الفلاح – ص 244)

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