Breathing in water vapour whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 528, Fatwa No.498
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-`Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Fatwa No.11310

Question: I inform you that I am one of the employees at the General Desalination Organisation, and the month of Ramadhaan has descended upon us and we are [all] fasting whilst at work. At the station where we work, we are exposed to water vapour which we breathe in a lot, so does this invalidate our fast? [Additionally], are we obliged to make up [the fast] for the day we breathed in the water vapour, whether [the fast was] obligatory or voluntary and is there any expiation we are required to pay for each [such] day?

Response: If the matter was as mentioned, then your fast is valid and nothing [further] is required of you.

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and his family and his companions.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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