Water goes down the Throat when Gargling or Rinsing the Nose whilst Fasting

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Q: If whilst fasting, water goes down the throat when gargling the mouth or rinsing the nose in Wudhu or Ghusl will the fast break?

A: If one was aware that he was fasting at the time the water seeped down the throat or nostril the fast will break. If one was unaware of him being in the state of fasting the fast will not break.

(وإن أفطر خطأ كأن تمضمض فسبقه الماء قال في الشامي: (قوله وإن أفطر خطأ) شرط جوابه قوله التي قضى فقط وهذا شروع في القسم الثاني وهو ما يوجب القضاء دون الكفارة … (قوله فسبقه الماء) أي يفسد صومه إن كان ذاكرا له (رد المحتار على در المختار ج2 ص401)

وإن تمضمض أو استنشق فدخل الماء جوفه إن كان ذاكرا لصومه فسد صومه وعليه القضاء (الفتاوى الهندية ج1 ص203)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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