Eating and drinking out of forgetfulness while fasting
Fatwa No: 82751

Question

In the case of voluntary fasting, if I forget and eat is the fasting correct or not?

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.

 

Whoever eats or drinks out of forgetfulness while fasting should complete his fast and his fast is valid. He is not required to do anything for this. Besides, there is no difference between a voluntary or obligatory fast concerning the mentioned ruling. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Whoever forgets that he is fasting, and eats or drinks should complete his fast, as it was Allah who fed him and gave him something to drink”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Allah knows best.

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