Actions That Are Permissible For The Fasting Person

1) Washing for the sake of getting cooler:

Abu Bakr ibn Abdur Rahman narrated from one of the companions of the Prophet who said, “I saw the Messenger of Allah in al-Arj (a village outside of Madinah) pour water over his head while fasting due to thirst or due to the heat.”[1]

2)  Rinsing the mouth and nose but without putting the water too deep:

Laqeet ibn Sabirah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “(In ablution) you should put water well up your nose, unless you are fasting.”[2]

3) Performing Hijaamah (Cupping):

Abdullah ibn Abbas reported that the Messenger was cupped while he was fasting.[3]

Anas ibn Maalik was asked: “Did you dislike cupping for the fasting person?” He said, “No except for the reason of one becoming weak.”[4]

4)  Kissing or touching one’s spouse for the one who has the ability to control his actions:

A’ishah said, “The Prophet would kiss and caress while fasting. And he was the one who had most control over his desires.”[5]

5) Continuing the fast until the pre-dawn meal:

Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri narrated that he heard the Messenger of Allah say, “Do not fast without breaking it. But if you insist on continuing (the fast), you may fast until the pre-drawn meal.” But then they said to him, “O Messenger of Allah but you continue your fast.” He replied, “I am not similar to any of you (on this matter). During the night, I have one who feeds me and gives me to drink.”[6]

6) The use of the Siwaak (Tooth stick):

Al-Bukhari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in the Chapter of Using fresh or dry Siwaak for one who is fasting … Abu Hurayrah said, narrating from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Were it not that it would cause hardship for my Ummah, I would have commanded them to use the Siwaak for every wudu’.”

Imam Bukhari said:  There is no difference between one who is fasting and one who is not. ‘A’ishah said, narrating from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “The Siwaak purifies the mouth and is pleasing to the Lord.” ‘Ata’ and Qataadah said: he may swallow his saliva.


[1] Recorded by Abu Dawood. Hadith Sahih by albani.

[2] Recorded by Abu Dawud. Graded Sahih by albani.

[3] Recorded by Bukhari

[4] Recorded by Bukhari

[5] Recorded by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood and Tirmizi.

[6] Recorded by Bukhari and Abu Dawood


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