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Thought of breaking the fast, tasting one’s tear

Fatwaa ID: 956

Question:
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

  1. Does the “thought” of breaking one’s fast (due to weakness/illness) break the fast? On the other hand if a person “strongly determines” to break their fast due to the reasons above but they don’t manage to do so, will their fast still be intact?
  2. If a person is crying a lot and they happen to taste some of their tears while fasting does this break their fast?
  3. When reciting Qur’an from memory if a person reads with their tongue but does not move their lips do they get no rewards at all? I understand it is better to read by moving one’s lips but in the case where they do not do so due to extreme tiredness, will they get any rewards?

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

  1. The thought or determined thought alone does not invalidate the fast. There must be an action found that breaks the fast.
  2. As long as the taste of the tears is not overwhelming and does not have a perceivable body, the fast will be valid. Caution should be exercised.
  3. For the validity of tilaawah, it is necessary to recite audibly enough that one can hear himself. Simply reciting in the mind or with the tongue but without verbalizing anything would not qualify as tilaawah/recitation. The rewards promised for that would not be achieved. One would perhaps be rewarded for engaging with the Qur’aan.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

09/07/1444 AH – 03/29/2023 CE | AML1-7449

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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