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Will using an oxygen concentrator machine break one’s fast?


Nasihah (Advice): Etiquettes of eating and drinking


Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhuma reported that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam forbade breathing or blowing into a vessel. (Sunan Tirmidhi)



Question and Answer:


  1. My doctor has prescribed that I use an Oxygen Concentrator Machine to strengthen my lungs. There is no medication in the machine. Will this break my fast?


(Question published as received)


  1. If oxygen is inhaled whilst fasting from an oxygen machine that contains oxygen only, the fast will not be affected in any way.


However, if the oxygen machine contains any form of medication, then inhaling it whilst fasting will break the fast.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 


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