Is It Permissible to Take Medicines While Fasting?

18 April, 2021
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.

Answer

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.


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.

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

Suppport AboutIslam.net

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.