Donating blood whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Pages 466-467, Fatwa No.403

Question: Is donating blood during the day in Ramadhaan permissible or does it break the fast?

Response: If he donated blood and a lot was taken, then certainly this invalidates the fast because it is analogous to cupping, and that would be to draw blood from his vein in order to help the sick or for safe keeping in case of emergency.

As for [drawing] a little such as taking with a syringe for analysis and examination [purposes], then this does not break the fast.

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.