Taking an injection while fasting

Taking an injection while fasting
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Taking an injection while fasting

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  • masjidmuhammad
  • Mar 30, 2021

Question:

A fasting person takes an injection, a drip, or medication through
glucose. Does his fast break? Is there any difference in ruling if the
medication is for his stomach?

Answer:

The fast in not invalidated by an injection or drip. The same can be
said about glucose. However, an injection which is intended to give
strength to the body and causes a person not to have any need for food
and drink is certainly makrBh. If an injection which is connected
directly to the stomach, e.g. through a catheter, then this ought to
break the fast because the medication has been conveyed to the
stomach directly. A person should therefore desist from this while
fasting.

An injection or glucose does not cause anything to reach the stomach
directly. Instead, the medication goes into the veins and then spreads
throughout the body. Therefore, an injection or glucose is not
classified as eating or drinking a medication. These will not break the
fast. A fast breaks when the actual substance reaches the stomach, and
not the effect of that substance. However, if a person does not need to
take a glucose injection and is merely taking it for strength, then it is
makruh to do so. He should abstain from this practice.

Fatawa Mahm’diyyah:

Taking an injection does not invalidate the fast unless the medicine is
conveyed directly to the stomach.1

Allah ta‛ala knows best.

REFERENCE:

1 Fatawa Mahm’diyyah, vol. 10, p. 154.

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