I have to eat anti epileptic medicine at 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. This cannot be delayed not even for 10 minutes. So if I eat my medicine while fasting, will it make my fast makrooh?

  • hmm I see, 12 hrs gap, can u do the same when you're not fasting during the night... Oops, again, It might depend on where you live I think. Commented Jun 1, 2015 at 10:55

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No, you cannot eat any medicine while fasting. It will break the fast.

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It could be surveyed from two different angles:

  • It would be considered as a haram practice, and will invalidate the fasting, since eating and drinking will invalidate the fasting (in the cases that it is not so necessary to take medicine).
  • It would invalidate the fasting, but Kafara-jam’ is not wajib for him or her. Actually s/he solely do its Qaza.

On the whole, taking medicine will invalidate the fasting, but there is different for the amount of its Qaza.



The majority of scholars say that if it is an injection, it is OK since it goes into the blood stream and not into the stomach. However; a growing number of scholars are saying even pills are OK since it is medicine, like the following Moroccan scholar:

  • but most of the medication are prescribed to be taken after eating something and generally we take pill with water to swallow easily.
    – Zia
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 15:08
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    Even if i would disagree with Sheikh az-Zamzami (The morrocan scholar mentioned in the article) i think one should consider that in some cases (as in the Question as far as i understand), people are able to fast but have to take medicine in exactly the same Time/date each day! And why should they be "punished" (by doing kafara etc.) because they break their fast?
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 8:31

According to this fatwa you can take necessary medecine during fast.

According to this fatwa, you cannot fast.

You should read this longer fatwa respecting medical issues. Saying «Alternative routes of drug administration can help fasting patients», it implicitly allows taking medicine during fast, and recommends to consult the doctor to councel whether fasting is adequate.

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    – UmH
    Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 6:16

Well, it will break your fast, But since you HAVE TO eat the medicine, you will have to pay Fidyah, which Varies depending where and why.

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