Breaking one’s fast due to low sugar

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Q: I am a diabetic and insulin dependant. I am fasting and my sugar levels have dropped below 4. Is it permissible for me to break my fast or do I continue fasting? What is the punishment for breaking my fast?


A: If a reliable physician asks you to break the fast then you should break the fast.

There is no punishment.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

ومن كان مريضا في رمضان فخاف إن صام ازداد مرضه أفطر وقضى وقال الشافعي رحمه الله لا يفطر هو يعتبر خوف الهلاك أو فوات العضو كما يعتبر في التيمم ونحن نقول إن زيادة المرض وامتداده قد يفضي إلى الهلاك فيجب الاحتراز عنه (هداية 1/220)

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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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