Is it permissible for a fasting person to taste food?

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

Is it permissible for a fasting person to taste food?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

If he can taste the food without it reaching the body cavity, it is permissible and does not break the fast, but it is disliked out of fear that it might reach his throat, as it says in the Tuhfa with the Minhaj, (3:425).

[s. It is not disliked for] one who needs to do it, such as a person who chews on some bread to soften it for a child, or someone who is trying to improve the food. It is not disliked for them to taste it, as the imams have stated. Refer to the Hashiya of Abd al-Hamid on the Tuhfa. (3:425)

Amjad Rasheed

[Translated by Sr. Shazia Ahmad]


السؤال : هل يجوز للصائم تذوق الطعام ؟ الجواب : إن كان يتذوق الطعام من غير وصول عين الطعام إلى الجوف فهو جائزٌ لا يُبطل الصوم ، لكنه مكروه خوفاً من وصوله إلى حلقه كما في “التحفة” مع “المنهاج” (3/425) إلا لمن احتاج إليه كمن يمضغ نحو خبز لطفل ومَن يقوم على إصلاح الطعام فلا يكره لهما كما صرحوا به ، وانظره في “حاشية” عبد الحميد على “التحفة” (3/425)


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