Can You Take Medication While Fasting?

Can You Take Medication When Fasting

In Islam, there are cases where medication can break your fast or not. If the medication can be taken without food, then you can take it with a very small amount of water and continue fasting. You need to consult because your safety is Important.

It is okay to take medication while fasting. However, you need to check if it is fine to have them without eating. Some medication cannot be taken without food. In this case, you need to break your fast and finish your prescription.

As a Muslim, if you are about to take medications that you doubt in terms of being halal, always seek help from religious leaders for guidance. You should be keen on the products that are used in its making so as not to break the laws.

The product is also supposed to be clean and pure and the ingredients that are used during its processing are standard. Tayyid is the name given to a product that has been processed in the right way and that can be taken by a Muslim.

When offering treatment to a Muslim, its always important to consult the patient to get their views on his or her beliefs before you start your treatment procedure.

This is to say that some of the medicine might contain those things that are not allowed to be consumed in the Islamic religion. If you are a prescriber who is treating a Muslim patient, it’s always important to give them what is right and according to their law.

Medication when fasting

Medication While Fasting in Islam

Muslims are not allowed to take medicine when fasting by swallowing through the mouth using water. After closing the fast, it is then okay to take medicine in Islam and that is halal.

However, if you need very small amounts of water just to swallow the medication then that is okay. This is very important because you cannot break your prescription without consulting your doctor.

This is because Muslims are not allowed to take anything when fasting till the evening comes when they are supposed to break.

However, you can ask your doctor to change your dose to two times a day do that you can have it in the morning and in the evening if possible. If it is not, then you need to do as you have been told.

That means that during fasting, it is okay to take medication that is prescribed to be used two times in a day. This is because you can easily space this and take your medicine in the morning and in the evening after the fast in Islam.

When you are taking medication that cannot be decided and has to be there times in a day during fasting, then it is recommended that you stop the fast.

You should finish your medication and then you can continue with the fast after you are done with the medication. Islam is flexible and you should not punish yourself because of what good will you be if you are sick?

If you doctor tells you that you have to take your medication three time in a day during fasting in Islam, then you simply need to follow those instructions and stop the fast. Finish medication then compensate for the days lost at a later date.

The same applies if you have medication that you are only taking once a day. You may consider taking them at night or early in the morning so that during the day, you don’t break your fast while taking medication in Islam.

Can Muslims Be Injected While Fasting?

However, it is halal to take medication through injection when fasting in Islam. This is because injection does not go to your stomach directly the way food or drinks do through the mouth.

So when you are taking prescriptions during the Ramadan or your fasting period, you may request your doctor to give you injections if possible.

In a case where injections will not be available and you have to use tablets, then you have to stop your fasting and get well fast. After that, you will find time to compensate for those days that you lost while under medication as a Muslim.

Eye, ear and nose drops should also be taken after the fast if possible in Islam. If the doctor insists that you cannot miss your dose, then you should have them.

Can you Use Inhalers During Fasting?

Yes, you can use Inhalers during fasting and that is not haram in any way. This is because inhalers are not like liquids or solids that will end up in your stomach thus invalidating your fast.

Inhalers do not break your fast and they are not haram during your fast in Islam. Feel free to use them anytime that you need them or as instructed by your doctor.

Taking anything in liquid form is the problem and that is why even swimming while fasting is haram because you end up taking water through your mouth, ears and nose.

So if you are asthmatic or you need to use any sort of inhaler that has been prescribed by a doctor while fasting, that is okay. Islam cares about your safety and you should never argue with your doctor especially when they tell you cannot change your medication.

Does Taking Medication Interfere with Allah’s Plan

Taking medication in Islam does not interfere with Allah’s plan because it is Him who created everything on earth plus the medicinal plants.

Each and every one will have his or her own point of view in defense to this. However, in a case where you put all your trust in medication most definitely Allah won’t be pleased.

It is Allah who provides the wisdom for doctors and they use natural plants to make medication that are then used to save lives.

This is why you can never say it is haram for Muslims to take medication because even the internet you use today while reading this information is man-made.

When you are using the internet to do the right thing, then it is okay and safe. When you are using it for the wrong things that can harm others, then you are doing the wrong thing.

Should Muslims Take Sleeping Pills?

Yes, it is okay for Muslims to use sleeping pills especially when they have been prescribed. This does not mean that you have a weak faith because we are all humans and sometimes we need physical help.

Most of the sleeping pills are sedatives and when they are used for a longer period of time they might cause a lot of trouble to our own health.

In Islam, drugs that might cause harm to our bodies either in a physical or mental way are not allowed and this only happens if you take them without a professional’s advice.

When you are facing any kind of problem, the best way to deal with it is by asking protection from Allah but that does not mean it is haram to take medication.

What I mean here is that you should put you trust in Allah (SWT) because through him, everything will work out fine for you including the medication.

How Should a Muslim Deal with Sleeping Problems?

When you are not feeling well, this is the time you need to be patient because trials come in different ways. Allah might be testing your patient for your reward after the hard time.

A true Muslim should always try and place your mind at peace try and occupy his or her mind with the love of Allah even when under medication.

You should never let the worldly things take over your belief Allah such that you even lack sleep. Read and understand the Quran so that you may have the peace that comes with the Islamic religion.

Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let us not get lost in the valley of darkness when trying to find our own peace of mind by using things like alcohol.

Let us not do things that does not please Allah but rather let us find the best advice for the Quran and our religious leaders. It’s always best if you read the holy book of Quran as much as possible for you to get attached to it.

However, there are certain cases where a person needs to see a doctor for guidance. this can be as a result of physical or behavioral changes or very stressful situations.

Understand that a doctor is a vessel being used by Allah to deliver good health to you. Do not look at a doctor like he is some sort of a witch. They are not your enemies but rather your care givers.

Allah is our only refuge and to him nothing is impossible and through him, we have the doctors. Therefore, it is not haram to go to the hospital and get medication and anyone who says otherwise is wrong about that.

Knowing Allah and following the teachings of the Prophet (PBUH) is one of the best ways that you can find your peace of mind and sleep well at night knowing that Allah is in control.

If its urgent that a person has to take sleeping pills well then you should not just do it on your own instead talk to a Muslim doctor for guidance throughout the process.

Should Muslims Take Antidepressants?

Yes, it is okay for Muslims to use when they have been prescribed by a doctor. Again, taking any form of medication in Islam does not mean that you are not a strong believer in Islam.

Perhaps the drugs that are given when you are stressed or having a rough time will only help to make you calm after which you can ray to Allah and let Him guide you through your situation.

As a Muslim, you should also deal with depression by finding out the cause then seeking help from religious elders.

You have to understand that you are only human and depression comes as a result of being overwhelmed by things that are no longer under your control.

 Seek consultation from Allah the almighty for maybe the root course of your depression can be a spiritual one. When your spiritual being is strongly attached to Allah, you won’t be attacked with depression.

Be your brother’s keeper in a way that you check on each other more often to see what is happening on their side.

This is heartwarming and it helps us a lot to overcome depression naturally. A Muslim should be a brother’s keeper and helping others has a good reward from Allah.

We live in a word where each and every one only cares for himself. To add on that, most of the time we do things without asking for Allah’s help.

In this case let’s not just find the easy way of carrying out different situations instead, try and seek help from Allah.

We should not use the lazy way of solving situations since it will become tough and tougher each and every day. Always know that Without Allah’s help, even the medications will not work.

Therefore, seek help and comfort from Allah for He is the only long lasting solution to our own situation.

When He brings trouble onto you, well know that it’s through Him that you will be able to survive. Solve your problems permanently by putting your trust in Allah such that even if you take the antidepressant as a Muslim, you know your hope is in Him.

Does Allah Heal Through Medication in Islam?

Yes, Allah heals through medication because he is the one who created it even before the scientist came into existence. We had traditional doctors in Islam that treated our grandfathers and that is why we are all here today.

Never be deceived that taking medication is haram especially if you are following all the guidance as taught in Islam by keeping away from haram things like pork.

In Islam, medications that contain gelatin, pork, or alcohol in large amounts are haram except when it is a matter of life and death and they are the only ones that can help your situation at that moment.

While prophet Mohammed did his teaching in different cities, there is a time he said that people should use medicine for God does not send an illness without its cure.

I know very well that most Muslims extremists do not like the act of following medical procedures for treatment. However, it’s always a good motive to do something practical as you ask for Allah for assistance.

We are all just but human beings and this is to say that we have two sides of our body. The one that is spiritual and the material physical side of it.

When you become sick, the material side is treated using medicine while on the other hand, your spiritual health can also be weak and this is where Allah comes in.

Allah created you and once your trust is in Him, even your physical body will be fine because you take medication while knowing that Allah is the one who will make you well.

Let’s not be too hard on ourselves as Muslims. Use the medicines that you have been given but also consider reading the Quran and praying for those who are sick for quick recovery.

On the contrary, it’s said that the prophet himself practice ruqya because it is said that it had an important role to play for treatment process.

When you had emotional stress, ruqya was considered to be the best. However, when you are using that as a way of treatment in Islam, you should not neglect the use of medicine.

When you sick as a Muslim, it’s important to go and seek help from the doctor while you also seek Allah help in your situation.

We can seek the healing power from the holy book of Quran. This entails reading it and seek help from Allah. He knows best and will guide you in the right path if you trust in Him.  

Can Muslims Use Medicine Made from Weed or Marijuana?

Smoking marijuana is haram in Islam because this is intoxication and it is not pure and good for your health. However, marijuana has been used spiritually and in modern society, it has some medicinal value.

It is okay for Muslims to use medication that is made from marijuana as long as they are lawfully permitted and they are required to make you well.

What we need to know is that while there are medicinal properties that have been confirmed within the extract of the cannabis plant or leaf known as CBD or THC for medicinal purposes, you should never abuse or miss-use them.

The body is yours to look after and it belongs to Allah ultimately and we shouldn’t be doing anything that would cause damage to it knowingly. This is why smoking weed is haram in Islam because it does more damage than good.

Islamic View on Modern Medicine

Allah (SWT) gives the doctors the ability to treat you and thus He uses them to heal you as a Muslim. Never be against them or look at them as if they use other powers that is not form Allah.

As a Muslim, when you are sick and you want to go and seek help from the doctor, you should know that they also pray and they only use the knowledge by the grace of Allah and that is why they are a blessing in our lives.

We are all Allah’s creation and the only person who can put us on different kinds of trials and still put us out from them is the one who created us.

For example, all kinds of diseases are in his own hands and do not forget that he has all the kinds of remedies to heal them when he deems it fit. Therefore, we should not panic for everything is under his command.

According to the Quran surah Al-Anam 6:7, Allah is capable of anything. He can heal or take away anyone He feels like taking. His will rules over the earth and Muslims should always be humble before Allah the almighty.

According to the hadith, while the Prophet (PBUH) was doing his teaching, He told them that they should use medicine and not to be scared but it because they will only be cured by the help of Allah.

Fellow Muslims, when you are seeking help from your doctor, keep in mind that that illness recovers when Allah wills.

In Islam, bare in your thoughts that all the kinds of diseases that people are suffering from have cure for He cannot send any form of diseases to his own creation without any form of help.

It is okay to seek help from your doctor but rely on Allah and trust in Him because even if the doctors don’t have a cure, then there must be a reason for Allah to have sent that sickness on you.

We should not give up when seeking help for any kind or form of diseases for the cure is always there and Allah knows what we go through weather we trust in Him or not.

Some of the cure might be hidden but Allah (SWT) will always help us find a solution. The Prophet Mohmand (PBUH) encouraged us not to lose trust in Allah for He knows what is best for each and every one of us.

If its Allah’s will for you to heal, definitely it will happen. let’s not complicate our own lives by overdosing ourselves in the name of an instant healing process.

Allah is our healer He is capable of doing anything in our lives. He gave us a life and he can take it anytime that He wills no matter how hard we try to keep it.

Reference:

  1. Medication When Fasting In Islam | Medical News Today: Why was medieval Islamic medicine important? By  Daniel Murrell, M.D. 
  2. Medication in Islam | NCBI: How Islam Changed Medicine: by Azeem Majeed
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