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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

can we wear lences while fasting note that
we have to put lubricant every four hour?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

We have already issued a Fatwa clarifying
that it is permissible to wear contact lenses
while fasting and that wearing them does not
invalidate the fast. If wearing them
necessitates using a lubricant as you
mentioned, then if you mean that
this lubricant is put in the eyes, it takes the
ruling of the eye drops. The scholars
differed in opinion about eye drops, some
are of the view that it invalidates the fast
while others are not of this opinion.
The Fiqh Encyclopedia reads: "Putting eye
drops, oiling the eyelids, and putting
medicine with oil in the eye, none of this
invalidates the fast even if one finds its taste
in his throat. This is the correct opinion
according to the Hanafi School of
jurisprudence, and the opinion of the
Shaafi'ee School appears to correspond with
the Hanafi view. However, the Maaliki and
Hanbali Schools of jurisprudence are of the
view that putting eye drops invalidates
fasting if these drops reach the throat, as the
eye is an inlet to the throat even if it is not
a usual one."

In our view in Islamweb, we consider the
first opinion - which is that putting eye
drops does not invalidate the fast - to be the
preponderant one, and this is the
opinion chosen by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn
Taymiyyah .
This is in case the drops or the solution
which you mentioned in the question reaches
the throat, otherwise if it does not reach the
throat, it does not break the fast even
according to the Schools which are of the
view that fasting is invalidated if the eye
drops reach the throat.

For instance, 'Olaysh from the Maaliki
School of jurisprudence, said: "One should
not apply Kohl eyeliner (to his/her eye) and
should not put oil in his/her ear unless he/
she knows that it does not reach his/her
throat, and if one applies the Kohl or any
other substance, it is permissible if this does
not reach the throat. "

To conclude, it is permissible to put the
solution in the eye when wearing the contact
lenses and this does not invalidate the fast
according to the most preponderant opinion
of the scholars .

Allah Knows best.


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