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Coloured saliva during fast

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Does the below specific scenario invalidate my fast in your opinion? I would really really appreciate your guidance: Today, I was sat in a meeting and was unsure if some dust had gone into my mouth, I therefore didn’t spit out for a few minutes before getting out to the bathroom. Initially, the spit collected in my mouth was clear, however after a few spits, the saliva looked a bit orange in the white sink. I am pretty sure that I swallowed saliva during this time and given that I hadnt eaten for many hours, the orange may have been caused by blood. This orange tinge continued for a few spits, however when I spat out after about 10 minutes or so to check if the orange was still present, the saliva looked normal again and continued to look normal for the rest of the day. If fast is invalidated is one make up enough? Or do I assume that the colour was caused by something else and / or the blood was not sufficient as it was only orange after a few spits, so the saliva would have been less? There wasn’t really any taste of blood initially so if I hadnt have spat out, I wouldn’t have noticed the strange colour and I have never suffered from bleeding gums before. orange is between yellow and red so if it was blood, it is hard to say if the blood was more than the spit as I have never really spat out a mouthful of blood. is it therefore best practice to do a make up fast just in case, or would it in fact be best NOT to do a make up as the default assumption is it is ok and just pray it is accepted by Allah?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

This wouldn’t invalidate the fast:

(1) Non-deliberate swallowing of dust doesn’t affect the fast; and
(2) Doubts about your ‘colored saliva’ also don’t affect the fast. There is no need to make up these fasts.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

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