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Acid Reflux whilst fasting

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. I have reflux in pregnancy  but I’m trying to fast today and it’s already came up my throat twice. Will my fast be accepted?


A. An acid reflux occurs when part of the stomach contents travels back up the oesophagus (sometimes into the throat and even into the mouth). Acid reflux happens unintentionally/involuntarily.

Accordingly, if one experiences an acid reflux whilst fasting, the fast will only break if the contents reaches the mouth and is then swallowed intentionally.

If the contents reached the mouth and it is swallowed unintentionally, the fast will not break. (Kitaabul Fataawa 3/389)

In any event, the fast will not be effected if it does not reach the mouth or if it is not swallowed.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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