Fasting and Cleaning Anus
Fatwa No: 84597

  • Fatwa Date:27-7-2002 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 18, 1423
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Question

During fasting, does the use of the bidet, up-water-sprayer to clean the anus, after passing stool, break the fast, assuming some of the cleaning water might go up to the stomach although indirectly?

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.

Sawm (fasting) means abstaining from food, drink, sexual intercourse, and other matters that spoil fasting from the beginning of Fajr (dawn) till sunset.

Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “The dominant opinion of scholars concerning injection and what is similar to it is that: There is no harm to use it, since Muslims during the time of the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used medicaments when they became sick. Had the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) prohibited them to do so, it would have been reported to us through his companions.” [End of quote]

On the other hand, if some water entered through one's anus or urethra while one cleans himself after answering the call of nature, then one's fasting would be still valid.

Allah knows best.

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