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Tasting food while fasting

Fatwaa ID: 885

Assalamualykum respected mufti saab. If mother in law( not husband) gets angry if there is a difference in taste of food, will it still be makru if I taste food while fasting.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

In principle, it is reprehensible to taste food while fasting. However, if there is a genuine reason, such as to repel the anger or harm of inconsiderate family members, then one will be excused. The above is obviously on condition that the food does not go down the throat. It must be spat out immediately. If it goes down the throat, then the fast will break.

In the enquired situation, you will be excused to taste the food while fasting because of the unjustified anger of your mother in law. She should understand that it is not your responsibility to cook for her. It is a favor and kindness from your side.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/28/1444 AH – 03/20/2023 CE | AML1-7365

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

مجمع الأنهر في شرح ملتقى الأبحر (1/ 247)
(وَكُرِهَ ذَوْقُ شَيْءٍ) مُفْطِرٍ مِنْ غَدَاءٍ أَوْ دَوَاءٍ؛ لِأَنَّ فِيهِ تَعْرِيضُ الصَّوْمِ لِلْفَسَادِ مِنْ غَيْرِ ضَرُورَةٍ قِيلَ هَذَا فِي الْفَرْضِ وَأَمَّا التَّطَوُّعُ فَلَا يُكْرَهُ (وَمَضْغُهُ بِلَا عُذْرٍ) وَإِنْ كَانَ فِي فِيهِ فَإِنْ احْتَاجَ إلَى الْمَضْغِ فَلَا شَيْءَ.
وَفِي التَّبْيِينِ لَا بَأْسَ بِأَنْ تَذُوقَ الْمَرْأَةُ الْمَرَقَةَ بِلِسَانِهَا إذَا كَانَ زَوْجُهَا أَوْ سَيِّدُهَا سَيِّئَ الْخُلُقِ.


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