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Does Swallowing One’s Saliva Invalidate the Fast?

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org

Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


Is it permissible to swallow saliva while fasting? Does it break the fast?


In the Name of Allāh, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question.

Swallowing one’s own saliva will not invalidate the fast. (See: Badā’i al Ṣanā’i)

The act of one deliberately gathering, collecting and swallowing one’s own saliva, to quench thirst, while fasting, is disliked – makrūh – (See: Marāqī al-Falāḥ)

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