Fasting & Ramadan

Will Putting Medicine In The Eye Invalidate The Fast Or Not?

What is the verdict of the Islamic scholars and the respected jurists in the following issues:
 
Questioner: Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmad Nizami of Mumbai Kerala in India
Answer:
  1. Putting medicine in the eye does not break the fast, as is stated in Muhit Burhani:
 
ٔقطر شیئاً من الدواء فی عینہ لا یفسد صومہ عندنا
If you put medicine in your eye, fasting will not be invalid in our view. [2/384]
 
It is stated in Bahr al-Ra’iq:
 
کذا لو صب فی عینہ لبن أو دواء مع الدہن فوجد طعمہ، أو مرارتہ فی حلقہ لا یفسد صومہ کہذا فی الظہیریۃ
That is, in the same way, if you put milk or medicine in your eye with oil, if you find its taste or its bitterness in your throat, then the fast will not be invalidated, the same is stated in al-Zahiriyyah.
[البحراالرائق: 2/488 – باب مایفسدالصوم ومالایفسدہ]
 
It is stated Fatawa Alamgiri:
 
قطر شیئا من الدواء فی عینہ لا یفطر صومہ عندنا، وإن وجد طعمہ فی حلقہ
That is, if the medicine is put in the eye, the fast will not be invalidated in our view, even if the taste is found in one’s throat.
[فتاوی عالمگیری: 1/203 – باب مایفسدالصوم ومالایفسدہ]
 
Imam Tahtawi states:
 
کذا لو صب فی عینہ لبنا أو دواء مع الدہن فوجد طعمہ، أو مرارتہ فی حلقہ لا یفسد صومہ کہذا فی الظہیریۃ
In the same way, if you put milk or medicine in your eye with oil and find its taste or its bitterness in your throat, then the fast will not be invalidated, just as it is stated in al-Zahiriyyah.
[حاشیۃ الطحطاوی علی الدر: 1/450 – باب مایفسدالصوم ومالایفسدہ]
 
Conclusion: The aforementioned jurisprudential statements prove that putting medicine in the eye does not invalidate the fast.
 
Mufti Muhammad Zulfaqar Khan Naimi Kakralwi
8-Ramadan al-Mubarak-1435 || ≈ 6-Jul-2014
 al-Fuyudat al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Hanafiyya (Fatawa Uttarakhand): vol. 2, p. 222, #47
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