Pouring Water on Head When a Muslim is Fasting in Ramadan

Islamic Law Center: Pouring Water on Head When a Muslim is Fasting in Ramadan ~ Hi all! For example, there are cases like this, “At this time we are fasting in the month of Ramadan. The weather outside the house is very hot. That’s why we feel very stuffy and thirsty. There are many ways we do to reduce the fasting load due to very hot weather. Among these methods is we pour water on the head. Is that possible? What is the view of Islam about that?

All readers! You need to know that there is one hadith specifically related to the theme of this article (pouring water on head when a Muslim is fasting in Ramadan) and we can also use it to answer the two questions above. The hadith are as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ بَكْرَةَ عَنْ بَعْضِ أَصْحَابِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : لَقَدْ رَأَيْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِالْعَرَجِ يَصُبُّ عَلَى رَأْسِهِ الْمَاءَ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ مِنَ الْعَطْشِ أَوْ مِنَ الْحَرِّ

From Abu Bakrah from several friends of Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, he said, “Indeed I have seen the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam in al-Araj poured water on his head even though he was fasting to reduce thirst or to reduce heat.”


Punishment Because of Eating or Drinking in Ramadan

Obligation to Fast for People Who Have Passed Away

If we observe the hadith above, then we will know a number of things as follows;

One; Islam allows people who are fasting to relieve the burden of fasting on the condition that the method he uses does not damage fasting.

Two; Islam allows people who are fasting to pour water on their heads. Thus, entering a cold room, such as a room with AC, is also permitted.

In addition to the above hadith I found historical data that said, that al-Hasan once said, “A person who is fasting may rinse and cool his body.”

Thus, then if in the month of Ramadan, we feel an overwhelming burden because the weather outside the house is very hot or because the work, we do is too heavy, so we can pour water over our heads to reduce the burden, we may take a bath many times, we may rinse to reduce thirst in our throat. What we need to remember is that when we do these methods, we must be very careful so that the way we do does not damage our fasting, especially if we rinse our mouth.

Now, after we read the brief description above, even though I mention specific answers to the two questions above, we already know the answer. In addition, the information above has also given us an explanation of one side of Islamic humanism; Islam is not a religion that burdens its followers!

That’s a brief explanation about pouring water on head when a Muslim is fasting in Ramadan. I hope you understand! Hopefully this article is useful! Amen!

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