Fasting - What are the Invalidators?
  • Question:

    Could you explain the principles of the invalidators of fasts?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In general the things that invalidate the fast are deliberately eating, drinking and engaging in sexual intercourse. Menses and postpartum bleeding are also invalidators for the fast.

    Two common principles noted in numerous manuals of fiqh, as fast nullifiers, are as follows:

    1. Anything that enters the internal stomach cavity or internal mind invalidates the fast.
    2. Sexual activity that leads to ejaculation.

    (See Rad al Muhtār)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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