Tasting Food When We Are Fasting in Ramadan ~ Hi all! For example, there are problems like this, “Now we fast. In general, especially in the afternoon, we will cook a meal that we will eat after sunset (iftar). Because we fast, we don’t know the taste of the food we are cooking; Is it less salty or too salty and so on? Now, if we experience such a situation, the question is whether we can taste the meal?”
All readers! There are some historical data that specifically relates to our discussion.
The Legality of Tasting Food During Ramadan
The legality of tasting food during Ramadan that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ عُرْوَةَ بْنِ الزُّبَيْرِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّهُ ذَاقَ عَسَلًا وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ
From ‘Urwah bin Zubair radliyallahu anhu, that he had tasted honey even though he was fasting.
قَالَ اِبْنُ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا : لَا بَأْسَ أَنْ يَذُوْقَ الْخَلَّ أَوْ الشَّيْئَ مَا يَدْخُلُ حَلَقَهُ وَهُوَ صَائِمٌ
Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhuma said, “It doesn’t matter if he tasted vinegar or something while not entering his throat even though he was fasting.”
عَنِ الْحَسَنِ أَنَّهُ كَانَ لَا يَرَى بَأْسًا أَنْ يَتَطَاعَمَ الصَّائِمُ الْعَسَلَ , وَالسَّمْنَ , وَنَحْوَهُ , ثُمَّ يُمِجُّهُ
From Hasan, he actually argued that people who were fasting could taste honey, butter, etc., then he gave it away.
قَالَ اِبْنُ عَبَّاسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا : لَا بَأْسَ أَنْ تَطْعَمَ الْقَدْرَ أَوِ الشَّيْئَ
Ibn Abbas radliyallahu anhuma said, “It doesn’t matter if you (people who fast) taste a little food or something else.”
If we look at some of the historical data above, then of course we already understand a number of things as follows;
One; We may taste the taste of any object, especially food, even though we are fasting.
Two; We must be careful that the food we taste does not enter our throat because it will damage our fasting.