Video: Dos and don’ts during Ramadan

The most frequently asked questions regarding the observance of a fast.

The holy month of Ramadan is just about two weeks away, and although it is a special time for over a billion Muslims around the world to show their patience, virtue, appreciation, as well as remembering their acts of charity and kindness, the period can also trigger health issues if precautions are not taken early, nor seriously.

However, apart from the very evident health issues there are also certain other factors or day to day activities that might or might not nullify a person’s fast.

The following are the most frequently asked questions regarding the observance of a fast

Using suppositories

Does not nullify fasting

Applying kohl eye-liner

Does not nullify fasting

Showering

Does not nullify fasting

Using nutrient injections

Nullifies fasting

Having wet dreams

Does not nullify fasting

Using asthma inhalers

Does not nullify fasting unless it goes down to throat

Using eye drops

Does not nullify fasting unless it goes down to throat

Using ear drops

Does not nullify fasting unless it goes down to throat

Using oxygen

Does not nullify fasting, unless mixed with water or medicine and that goes down to throat

Using intramuscular, intravenous or intradermal medical injections

Does not nullify fasting

Wearing make-up

Does not nullify fasting

Intentional vomiting

Nullifies fasting

Applying nicotine patches

Does not nullify fasting

Using antiseptic gargle

Nullifies fasting

Giving blood for analysis

Does not nullify fasting

Tasting food without swallowing

Does not nullify fasting, but only done when necessary

Unintentional vomiting

Does not nullify fasting, unless swallowed even if partially

Nasal bleeding and bloody tooth extraction

Does not nullify fasting

Swimming and diving

Does not nullify fasting, but better to be practiced later

Using toothpaste

Does not nullify fasting, unless swallowed even if partially

Using penicillin injections

Does not nullify fasting

Using insulin injections

Does not nullify fasting

Swallowing saliva and sputum

Does not nullify fasting

Using and smelling perfumes

Does not nullify fasting

Using nose drops

Nullifies fasting if it goes down to throat

Using lip balm

Does not nullify fasting, providing none of it is swallowed

Using miswak

Does not nullify fasting, but inadvisable if wet

Intentionally inhaling aloeswood incense

Nullifies fasting, unless just smelt

Taking anti-stroke sublingual tablets

Nullifies fasting

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