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Visiting doctor fast

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

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Hi,

I am fasting but have a doctors appointment to have my stitches removed which might involve taking clothes off in front of the doctor and nurse.


Does that affect my fast in any way? 

 

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Visiting doctor fast

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

There are basically five things which will break or invalidate ones fast according to Shariah:

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

 

The scholars and jurists in Islam are unanimous in their opinion that the mere exposure of ones body parts, even if they are body parts which are required to be covered under satr (from the navel to the knees inclusive for the males) would not affect the validity of ones fast in the least.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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