Giving the fasting person injection of non-nutritional elements

Question: A dentist may sometimes need to give intravenous or intramuscular injections of non-nutritious substance to a patient. Does this invalidate the Sawm (Fast) of the patient, bearing in mind that they can postpone the injection until nightfall or until after Ramadaan?

Answer: There is nothing wrong with injecting a fasting person with a non-nutritious substance if they are in need of it to cure a disease. However, it is better to postpone the injection until nightfall to be on the safe side... read more here.

A fasting person being treated with injections, intravenous or intramuscular, during the day of Ramadaan

Question: What is the ruling on having injection during the daytime in Ramadaan, whether for nutrition or treatment?

Answer: It is permissible for a person observing Sawm (Fast) to be treated by injections, whether intravenous or intramuscular, during the day in Ramadaan. But it is not permissible to have nutritive injections, as they come under the same ruling as having food and more here.

Diabetes injection during Ramadaan

Question: I am a diabetic and I have to have a hypodermic injection on a daily basis. When I do not have this injection my blood sugar level rises. To get straight to the point, is it permissible for me to have such an injection during Ramadaan? It may be worth mentioning that my health condition deteriorates every Ramadaan because I stop taking the injection. I thus remain at the hospital and break my Sawm (Fast) for about ten days which I make up later on. Please advise. What should I do bearing in mind that such an injection is not effective when it is taken during the night?

Answer: It is permissible for you to have the injection referred to in the question in the daytime without being required to make up for the Sawm of any days. However, if you can take the injection during the night-time without facing any hardship, this will be more more here.

Giving injections during the daytime in Ramadaan

Question: Suffering from some diseases, I visited the hospital where the doctor who examined me administered the required medicine that included intramuscular penicillin injections which I received in the morning and evening. I told him that I did not want to break my Sawm (Fast) and that I fear the injections would nullify my Sawm (Fast). However, he told me that this type of injection does not invalidate the Sawm (Fast). Thus, I continued to take the injections for two days in the morning and evening as specified by the doctor. However – and to my surprise- some colleagues told me that all types of injections invalidate one’s Sawm (Fast) and their use is Makrooh (disliked) during midday hours in Ramadaan, which made me very confused.

I hope that Your Eminence will advise me on whether they invalidate the Sawm (Fast), and whether I should make up for the two days which I took these injections; even though I used them without knowing that they invalidate the Sawm (Fast) and did so under doctors orders which I know for sure are instructed by hospitals regarding treatments. I hope you will reply promptly. May Allaah protect you and reward you with the best reward!

Answer: If the case is as you mentioned, then there is nothing wrong in your taking these injections, and you need not make up for the two days which you took them. However, regarding such matters in the future, it is preferable to take this treatment in the evening, if possible, in order to be on the safe more here.

Taking intravenous injections and ending Sawm according to a sighting place in another country

Question: A person was in Egypt at the end of Ramadaan in the year 95 A.H. At this time, Egypt followed Kuwait in announcing the time of `Eed-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast) one day before Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This day became a day of `Eed in Egypt. The inquirer is asking: Should they make up for this day? They also ask whether or not intravenous injections break Sawm (fast) when they have it?

Answer: Regarding the first question about people breaking their fast in Egypt based on the establishment of the `Eed following Kuwait, knowing that the inquirer was in Egypt at that time, it seems to us that there is no harm in this act [breaking fast for `Eed in Egypt] and that they do not have to make up for this day, for they followed the ruling of the country where they were present after being certain of the beginning of the month of Shawwaal... read more here.