Could you please let me know if it is permissible to use an inhaler for sufferers of asthma during the holy month of Ramadhan.

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Dear Brother in Islam,


Could you please let me know if it is permissible to use an inhaler for sufferers of asthma during the holy month of Ramadhan. In my family there are a number of people who have asthma and wanted to know if you were allowed to use your inhaler during the fast or if you had to use it before sehri and after iftarhi. Also if someone with asthma really needed to use the inhaler due to difficulty with breathing while fasting, will this break their fast?

Could you also please tell me if nicotine patches, to help in stop smoking can be used during Ramadhan or will they break the fast?

Allah Hafiz


Aisha Hussain


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Asthma inhaler 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.


The things which break or violate one’s fast are:

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


The vast majority of the scholars and the jurists in Islam are of the opinion that usage of an inhaler by one suffering from asthma does not violate one’s fast in the least.


Smoking, without an iota of a doubt is an evil habit, and the believers must strive to abstain from all things which is harmful to one’s health.  If one uses nicotine patches to help them kick this evil habit, the scholars are of the opinion that such patches do not violate or invalidate one’s fast in the least.


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