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She needs to do a smear test next week. This involves inserting a speculum (long instrument) inside the vagina.

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I have an enquiry on behalf of my friend. She needs to do a smear test next week. This involves inserting a speculum (long instrument) inside the vagina. Her question is will this break her fast as that instrument will penetrate into the vagina. Also does she have to take ghusl after that?

 

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Smear test insert

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There are five things which will break or invalidate the fast:

  1. Eating
  2. Drinking
  3. Sexual intercourse
  4. voluntary semen discharge
  5. the menstruation of the woman while fasting

 

If one in need of medical attention needs or intends to do a smear test, and a medical instrument is inserted into her private parts in the process..the scholars are of the opinion that neither the test nor the inserting of the speculum would violate the fast nor the purity of the believing sister in the least. The sister should continue her fast, and is not obliged to perform the ghusl.

 

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