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Smelling Balm: Invalidates Fasting?

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Yosif Hadi
2012/08/15
As-salamu `alaykum. I am of course fasting during this most blessed month of Ramadan. I have strived my hardest to make sure all of my fasts are kept but today I smelled a little jar of balm which my mother bought to rub on painful muscles. It is a balm with a strong eucalyptus smell. My question is: does this invalidate my fast? There was no smoke, etc. but as the smell was strong I am worried. Your reply will be eagerly awaited. Ramadan kareem.
Ahmad Kutty
Answer

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear brother, thank you very much for your question and for your sincere concern about your fast and how to be sure of its validation.

It should be known that all smells, either good or bad, whatever strong they are, do not invalidate the fast.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

Smelling the balm or scent does not invalidate one's fast. So, you don't need to worry about it. However, I would urge you to focus on the inner meanings of the fast which is to stay focused on mindfulness of Allah and shunning the sins Allah has forbidden, including the outward and the inward.

I pray to Allah to bless us all to come out of Ramadan, with renewed faith and being fully cleansed of our sins.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Excerpted with slight editorial modification from, askthescholar.com
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