Extracting blood while fasting

Extracting blood while fasting
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Extracting blood while fasting

  • masjidmuhammad
  • Mar 28, 2021


What is the ruling with regard to extracting blood while fasting?


The fast does not break on account of extracting blood. However, if
there is the possibility of a person feeling weak, it will be makruh to
extract blood. Observe the following Hadith:

…Ras’lullah sallallahu ‛alayhi wa sallam used to practise cupping while in
ihram and also while fasting… Hadrat Anas ibn Malik radiyallahu ‛anhu was
asked: “Did you [Sahabah] dislike cupping for a fasting person?” He replied:
“Only if it caused physical weakness.”

Question: Does extracting blood through an injection while fasting
invalidate the fast, or make it makruh?

Answer: It does not break the fast. However, if there is the fear of the
person feeling weak and therefore not being able to keep the fast, it
will be makruh.1

Īdah al-Masa’il:

Extracting blood while fasting does not invalidate the fast. But if there
is the fear of weakness and therefore not being able to keep the fast, it
will be makruh.2

Allah ta‛ala knows best.


1 Ahsan al-Fatawa, vol. 4, p. 425.
2 Īdah al-Masa’il, p. 87.


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