Q. Can you please list the actions that invalidate the fast of Ramadan?

A. (by #DrZakirNaik): As far as the acts that invalidate the fast listed in the Quran as well as in the hadith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Allah says in the Quran in Surah Baqarah Ch. 2 V. 187, “Associate with them (i.e. your wife) and take whatever Allah gives you from them (i.e. offspring) and eat and drink till the white thread of dawn appears different than the black thread. And then you complete your fast till the nightfall.” So here we get three categories – eating, drinking and sexual intercourse. And there are various other categories which are prohibited in the Sahih Hadith. Broadly if you list the things that break the fast there are approx. 10 different things which break the fast. You can categorize them in 2 categories:

  1. Which breaks the fast when we take it inside our body; in them there are 4 things:
      1. eating and drinking.
      2. anything that falls in the same category as eating and drinking.
      3. taking medicines or pills or injections which are in the form of nourishment or somewhat similar to eating and drinking including blood transfusion.
      4. somewhat similar to kidney dialysis. Where the blood is taken out, its purified and some nutrients supplied to it and put back.
  2. That which comes out of the body; there are 6 things in them:
      1. sexual intercourse.
      2. masturbation.
      3. menstruation.
      4. post natal bleeding.
      5. deliberate vomiting.
      6. letting out blood somewhat similar to cupping or something similar to that.

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