Tasting Food When We Are Fasting in Ramadan

Shariah: 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 (ifthar). 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 relate to the theme of this article. So, I hope you pay attention to all that I will submit below;

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.”


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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.

Three; After we taste the taste of food, then we must immediately throw it away.

After we read the brief explanation above, we don’t need to worry about the taste of the food we have cooked. We cannot deny that we really need to ensure the taste of the food, especially if we will serve it to the people. For some people it is confusing. I remember the incident a few months ago when I was still studying at al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. In the afternoon before sunset I cook a meal to serve for the crowd. At that time, I was fasting. Because I already knew Islamic law about this issue, then without doubt I received my cooking. At that time there was a friend who doubted the validity of what I had done. I explained that it didn’t matter. I hope you too!

That is a brief explanation of tasting food when we are fasting in Ramadan. Now, do you understand? If you don’t understand, please ask!

Hopefully this article is useful! Hopefully we can fast without any hesitation in the month of Ramadan this year. Amen!

See you again in the next article!


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