Whether gum secretions nullify fasting
Fatwa No: 330139

Question

Assalaamu alaykum. I suffer from secretions from my gums that are neither pus nor blood. I have visited a dentist, but to no avail. Allaah willing, I intend to fast Ramadan. My question is: will my fast be nullified if I ingest this secretion deliberately? It is almost continous and would cause a great deal of hardship to repeatedly clear my mouth in order to prevent it from being swallowed. May Allaah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If those secretions are saliva, then fasting is not nullified by deliberately swallowing it, but if it is something else, then you have to spit it out and not deliberately swallow it; nevertheless, if some of it involuntarily went down your throat, then this does not nullify your fast.

For more benefit, please refer to fataawa 89979and 86928.

Allaah knows best.

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