Does the application of eye drops invalidate the fast?

Question:

I put eye drops in my eyes and I forgot I was fasting.  I felt the taste of the eye drops in my mouth and throat.  Is my fast broken?

Answer:

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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The application of eye drops in one’s eyes does not invalidate the fast, even if the taste of the eye drops can be felt in the mouth and throat.[1]  A substance with a discernable body must enter a valid entry point to potentially break the fast.  The eye is not a valid entry point.[2]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Faraz ibn Adam al-Mahmudi,
www.darulfiqh.com

 

 


[1] وَلَوْ أَقْطَرَ شيئا من الدَّوَاءِ في عَيْنِهِ لَا يُفْطِرُ صَوْمَهُ عِنْدَنَا وَإِنْ وَجَدَ طَعْمَهُ في حَلْقِهِ  (الفتاوى الهندية ج 1 ص 203 الرشيدية)
 
[2]  وَلِأَن الْعين لَا منفذ بهَا إِلَى الْجوف وَمَا يجد فِي حلقه فَذَلِك أَثَره لَا عينه (تحفة الفقهاء ج 1 ص 366 دار الكتب العلمية)
 

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