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Does the scent of food break the fast?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. A Mufti mentioned to me that if a person smells perfume, lobaan etc. whilst fasting, the fasting will be nullified. What about a woman who is cooking in a kitchen a she cannot avoid the smell of food etc. in the kitchen, will it nullify the fast?


A. If a woman is cooking in the kitchen and the smell of food etc. in the kitchen cannot be avoided, then the fast will valid. In fact, the unavoidable smell in the kitchen would not affect the fast in any way. However, if the food etc. is smelled or inhaled intentionally, then the fast will be null and void. (Shaami 2/395)

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.

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