Using an asthma inhaler whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 531, Fatwa No.502
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Pages 169-170

Question: In some of the pharmacies [they sell] inhalers which some of the asthma sufferers use; Is it permissible for the fasting person to use it during the day in Ramadhaan?

Response: The use of the inhaler by the one who is fasting is permissible whether his fast is in Ramadhaan or other than Ramadhaan. That is because the particles in the inhaler do not reach the stomach, rather they reach the lungs and cause them to open up thereby allowing the person to breathe normally.

So, it is not regarded as food nor drink, and that which is known is that the basic principle is the validity of the fast [is maintained] until [authentic] evidence from the Book, or the Sunnah, or consensus (ijmaa’) or valid juristic reasoning (qiyaas) indicates otherwise.

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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