Does asthma inhaler break fast?

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

I have ashame since I was very young and i have to take puff from inhaler every time ashame bother me. I also have to take other medicine 2 times a day. I always try to fast during the month of Ramadan. I do not take any pills or tablets when I fast, I try to avoid taking inhaler but sometimes I have to take puffs from inhaler while I am fasting, I just can not help it. This is how I have been fasting every year. According to Quran and Hadith is my fasting is acceptable? If not, then I should do adjustment (Kaza) of all my fasting. Where I can not live with out taking medicine then how can fast?

I am seeking your kind advice. Thanks and Jazzak Allah

 

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Aslamu Alaikum

I have a question about Health in Ramazan Month, Because this is my personal, I`m a astama Patient, and I have habit to use Inhaler without that I cannot stay, in this situation I`m regular keeping soum some time i can`t inhale properly that time I have to use Inhaler to control my breath, in this case my soum is continued or not, if not please show the way how to complete my soum in other ways.

Hope I will get a answer on my life problem.

Allah Haifz

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Asalaam Alaikum. I have had asthma since childhood. Whilst fasting during ramadhan I sometimes need to use my "inhaler". Using this device medication is taken in through the mouth in vapour form and goes directly into the lungs. I would like you to kindly clear my confusion as to whether using my inhaler will invalidate my fast. 

 

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Answer:

 

Does asthma inhaler break fast?

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

Eating

Drinking

Sexual intercourse

voluntary semen discharge

the menstruation of the woman while fasting

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 185: 185 Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur'an as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So everyone of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting but if anyone is ill or on a journey the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put you to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

 

The majority of the scholars are of the opinion that the usage of an inhaler by a person who has a medical condition would not invalidate the fast in any way, as it is only a vaporizer used to facilitate ones breathing tracts and does not reach ones stomach. Allah Subhanah is well aware of the conditions of each of His slaves and He does not put a burden on anyone more than they can bear; thus if one has a medical condition whereby the abstention of using an inhaler while fasting would adversely effect his health in any way, his usage of the inhaler in such conditions would not effect the validity of his fast.

 

The taking of tablets or pills while fasting would break ones fast, as the tablets do reach the stomach. Thus one who has a severe medical condition whereby abstention from taking the tablets would adversely effect his health, then he should not fast under such conditions and make up the fasts when Allah blesses him with good health.

 

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

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan