Fatwa: # 42600
Category: Fasting (Sawm)
Date: 5th May 2020


Can one apply balm whilst fasting?


Can we apply balm in fasting? 


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

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

‘Balm’ can designate any of several semisolid preparations that are applied externally for therapeutic benefit. Depending on the formulation, balm can be used to moisturize dry skin, relieve muscle stiffness, or to treat skin irritation. Lip balm is specially used to sooth chapped lips. All balms will fall under the same ruling as oiling the skin which is permissible while fasting.[i] [ii] [iii] However, one should be mindful when using lip balm in particular. Due to its proximity to the mouth, it may accidentally be swallowed which will break the fast.[iv] [v]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Nadeem Moulana

Student Darul Iftaa

Kentucky, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي (1/ 120)

ولو ادهن لم يفطر " لعدم المنافي

[ii]  فتاوی عثمانیہ(4/180)

مسامات کے ذریعے پانی کی ڈھندک اور خنکی یا تیل کی چکناہٹ کا جسم کے اندر محسوس ہو جانا مفسد صوم نہیں

[iii] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (2/ 395)

(أَوْ أَدْهَنَ أَوْ اكْتَحَلَ أَوْ احْتَجَمَ) وَإِنْ وَجَدَ طَعْمَهُ فِي حَلْقِهِ

[iv] فتح القدير للكمال ابن الهمام (2/ 336)

قَالَ: (وَمَنْ ابْتَلَعَ الْحَصَاةَ أَوْ الْحَدِيدَ أَفْطَرَ) لِوُجُودِ صُورَةِ الْفِطْرِ

[v] فتح القدير للكمال ابن الهمام (2/ 344)

(وَمَنْ ذَاقَ شَيْئًا بِفَمِهِ لَمْ يُفْطِرْ) لِعَدَمِ الْفِطْرِ صُورَةً وَمَعْنًى (وَيُكْرَهُ لَهُ ذَلِكَ) لِمَا فِيهِ مِنْ تَعْرِيضِ الصَّوْمِ عَلَى الْفَسَادِ

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