Eating hailstones whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 526, Fatwa No.493
Fataawa as-Siyaam – Page 46

Question: I heard some of the people saying that hail[stones] do not break the fast because it is not food nor drink?

Response: That has been narrated about Abu Talhah, that he ate hail[stones], and [that] he said: “It is not food nor drink”. However, it is probably not authentically reported regarding him; that is because these hail[stones] enter the stomach and everything which enters the stomach is either food or drink.

So, the narration regarding Abu Talhah is probably not authentic, and if it is authentic, then it needs explanation because hail[stones] are frozen water just like snow [and ice], and if a person ate it then indeed it will melt in the stomach and turn to water.

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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