Swimming or floating in water whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 525, Fatwa No. 491
Fiqh al-‘Ibaadaat libni-‘Uthaymeen – Page 191

Question: What is the ruling concerning swimming or floating in water whilst fasting?

Response: There is no harm in diving into water, floating or swimming because this is not from that which breaks the fast. The basis [for everything] is permissibility until [authentic] evidences proves a prohibition or a disliking [for that]. For this, there is no evidence indicating a prohibition or dislikeness. However, some people of knowledge dislike this out of fear that some water may reach the throat without [the person] feeling it.

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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