Asalaamualakium! It is the most blessed month of the Islamic Calender, Ramadan!!!
There are many questions that people have about fasting. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
At what age do I have to fast?
All Muslims that have reached puberty, male and female, must fast during Ramadan. People who are elderly, sick or pregnant do not have to fast. Those who cannot fast have to either make it up at a later time, or help feed a needy person.
What happens if I eat during my fast?
If you have had something to eat or drink accidentally while you are fasting, don’t worry! You may continue fasting for the remainder of the day.
Can I brush my teeth when I’m fasting?
Yes, you can brush your teeth as long as you do not swallow any toothpaste or water! There is a hadith about this topic: Narrated ‘Amir bin Rabi’a, “I saw the Prophet cleaning his teeth with Siwak while he was fasting so many times as I can’t count.”
Can I visit the dentist during Ramadan?
Yes, you may have your teeth cleaned and fixed while you are fasting, as long as you are careful not to swallow any blood or medication during this time.
Can I go swimming during Ramadan?
Yes, it is ok to swim during Ramadan, as long as you are confident that no water will enter your stomach through your nose or mouth. If you do swim I suggest that wear you nose plugs and only open your mouth when you are going to breathe.
Can I wear lip gloss/chapstick in Ramadan?
Yes, you can wear lip gloss when you are fasting. Just Don’t Swallow it!
Can I rinse my mouth out when I’m fasting?
There is nothing wrong with rinsing your mouth when you’re fasting. It is actually a part of the wudu process so why wouldn’t you.
If I have asthma, can I still use my puffer when I’m fasting?
Yes, you can still use your puffer during Ramadan without breaking your fast. This is because it is simply compressed air that you are inhaling into your lungs.
Can I bite my nails when I’m fasting?
Biting nails or skin, or chewing on something (event if it is not food) is not allowed when fasting. However, swallowing something accidentally does not break your fast.