Is It Permissible to Take Medicines While Fasting?

04 April, 2022
Q Respected scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I have a question about taking medicines during Ramadan, some of which I have to take during the day (within fasting time). Is there any chance I can do it and continue fasting, since that these are neither food nor drink? Or should I just feed a poor for the whole month because there is no way I can stop taking the pills? Jazakum Allahu khayran.


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

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In this fatwa:

A sick person whose condition requires taking medicines during the day is allowed not to fast,

In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

Fasting, properly speaking, entails complete abstention from any intake of foods or drinks, including medicines or any other substances that goes to your belly or stomach.

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Therefore, if you take such medicines, your fasting is undoubtedly rendered null and void.

If you are suffering from a medical condition that requires taking medicines during the day, then you should skip fasting. You need to offer fidyah (compensation) that entails feeding a poor person for every single day of fast you missed.

If, however, you hope to recover from this condition, then you need not offer fidyah; rather, you can simply make up for the days you have missed later whenever your condition improves and you are able to fast.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.