Swallowing Saliva While Fasting

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


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


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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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