Fatwa: # 26192
Category: Fasting
Country: India
Date: 12th April 2020


Is it permissible to use eye drops, contact lenses, ear drops while fasting?


Is it permissible to use contact lenses while fasting? Similarly what is the rule for eye drops and ear drops?


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykumwa-rahmatullāhiwa-barakātuh.

1. It is permissible for one to use contact lenses and eye drops while fasting.[1]

2. Hadhrat Mufti Rafi Usmani Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum) has stated that “Recent findings by ENT specialist doctors have revealed that any liquid inserted into the ear cannot pass through the external auditory canal into the middle and inner ear unless the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is perforated. Therefore, it is permissible for one to use ear drops while fasting since there is no direct link between the ear and the throat/stomach.”[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Ismail Desai,
Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

1و كذا لو صب في عينه لبن او دواء مع الدهن فوجد طعمه او مرارته في حلقه لا يفسد صومه كذا في الظهيرية (ص 273، ج 2، البحر الرائق)

أو اكتحل أو قبل اي لا يفطر (المرجع السابق)


ضابط المفطرات في مجال التداوي للشيخ الفقيه رفيع العثماني، ص 54، كراتشي [2]

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