Anesthesia & fasting
25 Aug 2011 11:16 GMT
During the past Ramadan, my wife had to undergo an operation during the day requiring her to be placed under total anesthesia for about 30 minutes. She continued to observe her fast. What is the status of her fast for that day?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd al-Rahmân al-`Ajlân, lecturer at the Grand Mosque in Mecca

Being under anesthesia for half an hour does not affect the fast. What would affect it is if some anesthetic substance were to enter her stomach. Her fast would be broken only in the event that she had to eat or drink something to induce unconsciousness.

If she is not sure what had taken place and is unable to find out, it would be good for her to make up her fast on some other day.

Source: Islam Today

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