Inhaling different fragrances and spices in a kitchen

Inhaling different fragrances and spices in a kitchen
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Inhaling different fragrances and spices in a kitchen

  • masjidmuhammad
  • Mar 31, 2021


When our women prepare meals in the kitchen, different fragrances,
spices and smoke reach their brains. Does this affect the fast in any


There are certain substances which neither provide nourishment nor
medical benefit, and it is very difficult – in fact, virtually impossible at
times – to avoid them. For example, smoke, dust, and the fragrant
smoke which emanates from various foods and spices while meals are
prepared. The Shari‛ah says that if they are involuntary, then the fast
does not break, does not become makruh, and does not affect the fast
in any way.

The following will not invalidate a fast:

Dustings from pounded foods [such as grains], dust, taste of
medication (which has been pounded and its taste is felt in the throat),
anything which flies off from the pores or skins of animals. This is
irrespective of whether a person remembers that he is fasting or not.
The reason for this is that it is not possible to avoid these things. This
rule will apply if these substances enter on their own. If the fasting
person intentionally causes any of these substances to enter while he
knows he is fasting, his fast will break because he could have avoided
them by keeping his mouth closed. People are generally unmindful in
this regard.1

Allah ta‛ala knows best.


1 ‛Umdah al-Fiqh, vol. 3, p. 264.

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