Inhaling steam whilst fasting

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Q: When cooking food whilst fasting, there is great risk that steam will be inhaled. Will it be necessary to take precautions to avoid the steam by keeping a distance from the cooking food, as much as possible? What if one still inhales steam (by mistake), will the fast then be broken?


A: One should not intentionally inhale the steam. If by mistake steam was inhaled whilst fasting, the fast will not break.

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

(أو دخل حلقه غبار أو ذباب أو دخان ) ولو ذاكرا استحسانا لعدم إمكان التحرز عنه ومفاده أنه لو أدخل حلقه الدخان أفطر أي دخان كان ولو عودا أو عنبرا لو ذاكرا لإمكان التحرز عنه

قال في الشامي: أي بأي صورة كان الإدخال حتى لو تبخر ببخور فآواه إلى نفسه واستمه ذاكرا لصومه أفطر لإمكان التحرز عنه (رد المحتار على الدر المختار 2 /395)

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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