Water going down the throat while keeping kaffara fasts

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Q: When I was 1314 I broke one fast on purpose knowing that it breaks my fast. Some years later I realised that I would have to keep 60 kaffarah fast. So I made them up. I kept 60 in a row everyday intending that it was kaffarah. My problem is I was thinking about this and I am certain that in one or two of the days I had to do ghusl and I remember water going down my throat. Will I have to make all my kaffarah fasts again?


A: If you are not sure whether water went down the throat, then you do not have to repeat the kaffara. If you are sure that water went down your throat whilst you were fasting, then at the time the water went down your throat, if you remembered you were fasting, then your fast will break and you will have to repeat the kaffara. If at that time you did not remember you were fasting, then your fast did not break and your kaffara will be valid.

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

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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