Tasting food during Ramadan
Fatwa No: 81601

Question

Can women taste food in Ramadan?

Answer

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

Some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that it is disliked for a fasting person to taste food. This is the opinion of the Shaafi'i School of jurisprudence and those who are of their view.

However, some scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that if a fasting person needs to taste food, like when a woman is cooking, then she may taste it with the edge of her tongue and then she should spit it out.  This was the Fatwa issued by Abdullah Ibn Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him.

Allah knows best.

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