Questions Related To Fasting 1: Usage of Inhaler
Usage of Inhaler during Fasting
“A friend of mine messaged me last Saturday, asking question regarding the ruling on a fasting person using an inhaler for breathing problems, whether it break the fast or not.”
This is the answer that I got from Syaikh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen (Fatawa Arkaanul-Islaam, DARUSSALAM, Vol.2, p.658);
The ruling for a fasting person using inhaler during the month of Ramadhan or the others is acceptable. The reason is because the spray is vaporized and does not reach the stomach. Its function is to relieve the narrowed airway of respiratory tract and the act of usage is the same like our normal breathing, not like eating or drinking.
In that case, we can say that there is no objection to using it when we are fasting, and it will not cause you to break your fast, because as we have said, none of its particles enter the stomach. Since it is something that is defused and vaporized, and it disappears, then none of it reaches the stomach, therefore it is permissible for us to use it when we are fasting and the fast is not invalidated by it until proven otherwise by other proof whether from Al-Quran, As-Sunnah (Hadith), Ijma’ or True Qiyas.
For further understanding, we have to know that in anatomy of human being, the respiratory tract is different with the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The GIT consists of mouth, esophagus till stomach and small intestines. Consuming anything like a food or drinks through this tract will invalidate our fasting.
Nevertheless, the respiratory tract started from our nose and mouth, direct to trachea till lungs. Defusing something into that tract won’t let us feel satiated and did not invalidate our fast. Furthermore, the content of inhaler is never similar to food’s type.
Therefore, usage of inhaler for asthma patients during fasting is unlikely similar to eating and not invalidate their fast.