Fast and injections
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I have read in one of your answers that injection does have a bearing on validity of fast and the fast is valid on taking injection.If this is so people would take injections containing vitamins and other minerals, glucose etc. and it would be easy to fast.
Is it that the fast breaks only if something goes in thru the mouth or is it that if anything enters the body the fast breaks.
If injection is allowed then people would apply balms for pain, perfume, use makeup including lipstick and also smoke.
I thought that the fast was to keep muslims away from all this.A person should be so engrossed in the way of Allah by doing good deeds that he/she should not get evil thoughts.
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There are five things which will break or invalidate the fast:
voluntary semen discharge
the menstruation of the woman while fasting
In one in need of medical attention takes an injection, it would not invalidate his fast in any way.
Question: If this is so people would take injections containing vitamins and
other minerals, glucose etc. and it would be easy to fast.
The person who keeps the fast, abstaining from the halaal rizk which his Lord has provided him to earn the pleasure of the Merciful Lord, should know that his Lord is indeed The All-Knowing, All-Wise and well aware of the condition of His believing slaves. It would indeed be absolutely inappropriate and unrighteous of a believer to take an injection of vitamins and minerals etc. for no other valid medical reason, but only so that it would become easy for him to fast!
Your Statement: A person should be so engrossed in the way of Allah by doing good deeds that he/she should not get evil thoughts.
Beloved and dear Sister in Islam, you are absolutely right in your deduction that one should keep the fast in absolute obedience of his Merciful Lord, abstaining from the halaal rizk from dawn to dusk simply because his Lord has commanded him to do so.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 183: O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) Taqwa (self-restraint, God-consciousness, fear of Allah, reverence of Allah, etc.)
The guidance of Allah Subhanah in prescribing and ordaining fasts for His believing slaves is that they practice taqwa or God-consciousness and self-restraint. By abstaining from even the halaal things for a period of time ordained by his Lord, the believing slave who fasts implies and certifies with his actions that he is ever ready to obey each and every command of his Lord; thus making the abstinence of the things that are declared haraam a foregone conclusion!
Thus if one keeps away from the halaal food and drink while fasting, but does not develop taqwa to abstain from evil speech and evil deeds, the Messenger of Allah (saws) declared that such a person got nothing but his fast except thirst and hunger!
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (saws), said: "Allah does not need the fast of one who does not abandon false speech, or acting according to his false speech." Related by Bukhari, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood, Ahmad.
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (saws) said: "Perhaps a fasting person (who does develop taqwa) will get nothing from his fast save hunger, and perhaps the one who stands to pray at night will get nothing from his standing except sleeplessness."
Related by an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, and al-Hakim.
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