Using an Inhaler while fasting

 

Question:
Assalamualaikum.

I was wondering if using the inhaler during fasting breaks your fast? Can you please explain if it does or not?

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

In principle, if only air is taken in the body, the fast is not invalidated. However, if any medication is entered into the body, the fast will be invalidated.[1]

An inhaler is a medical device used for delivering medication into the body via the lungs.[2] The medicine is a mist or spray that the person breathes in.[3]

Hence, the usage of an inhaler will invalidate the fast.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

(Mufti) Abdul Azeem bin Abdur Rahman

 

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[1]  فتاوى محمودية، ج 10، ص 154-155، فاروقية

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inhaler Last accessed on June 8, 2016

[3] http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/inhaler.html Last access on June 8, 2016

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