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Acid Reflux during Fasting

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Nasihah (Advice): A Muslim does not display a bad example   Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radiyallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Setting a bad example does not befit us.. the person who takes back their gift is like a dog that swallows its own vomit.” (Bukhari)

Question and Answer:

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?

(Question published as received)

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.   If one experiences acid reflux whilst fasting, the fast will only break if the contents enter the mouth and is then swallowed intentionally.   If the contents enter the mouth and is swallowed involuntarily or spat out, 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.  

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Confirmation: Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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