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Unintended Ingestion in Ramadan?

From Sunnipath

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, SunniPath Academy Teacher

If, during Ramadan, I unitentionally swallowed a portion of a finger nail, what is the ruling on the validity of my fast?

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

The fast is invalidated by any solid or liquid entering the body cavity through a considered point of entry (such as the mouth). It is not a condition that this be deliberate. [Mufti Rafi Usmani, Dabit al-Mufattirat; Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Thus, swallowing a fingernail, even accidentally, would invalidate the fast and require making it up (without requiring a kaffara–expiation).

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

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