Swallowing phlegm whilst fasting


Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 540, Fatwa No.517
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 515

Question: Does the swallowing of phlegm break the fast?

Response: According to the madh.hab [of Imaam Ahmad], if the phlegm does not reach the mouth, then it does not break the fast. If, however, it does reach the mouth, then spit it out.

[Regarding the issue of when it reaches the mouth] then there are two opinions amongst the people of knowledge:

From amongst them are those who say: Indeed it does break the fast because it is analogous to food and drink.

And from amongst them are those who say: It does not break the fast because it is analogous to saliva, since saliva does not break the fast even of he gathered up saliva [in his mouth] and swallowed it, then his fast would not be invalidated.

And this is the preponderant opinion because there is no evidence as to the invalidity of his fast.

Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

About Abu 'Abdullaah, Mohammed Akhtar Chaudhry

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.