Eat drink unintentionally while fasting.

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When i was doing wazu and washing my mouth  unintentionally  i swallowed a drop of water, i was fasting then,Does this thing breaks my fast?.

 

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Eat drink unintentionally while fasting

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.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.662         Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "If somebody eats something forgetfully while he is fasting, then he should complete his fast, for Allah has made him eat and drink."

 

If one unintentionally and/or forgetfully eats or drinks during one’s obligatory fasts of Ramadan, one should continue and complete their fast until sunset; as eating or drinking something unintentionally does not invalidate or break the fast, regardless of whether one has consumed only a mouthful or one has had a stomach-full!

 

But if one is performing a voluntary fast at any other time other than Ramadan and one happens to eat or drink unintentionally, one has the option to break their fast or continue it, if they wish to do so.  Eating or drinking unintentionally does not by itself break or invalidate the fast in the least, regardless of whether it is obligatory or voluntary; it is only the intentional eating or drinking which would indeed invalidate and break the fast.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s 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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