Do pills placed under the tongue for medicine break the fast


A man was afflicted with heart attack/stroke, so they gave him a pill out of necessity to put underneath his tongue, so it removes what clots from the blood because it works fast. So do these pills break the fast?


Yes, this is considered consumption. And had it not been something consumed in which the body benefits from, there wouldn’t have been this curing from it.

From the angle that it makes the clotted blood flow and thins the blood. So therefore it is from the things which break the fast.

And whoever’s condition is like this and fears harm from heart attack/stroke and broke his fast even if he began the day fasting, then if there occurs what he fears could harm from heart attack/stroke and the likes of it from the clotting of blood and he broke his fasts then he makes up for it.

And if Allāh allows him to complete his fast and nothing of this occured to him in the morning, he continues fasting and if it occurs in the morning that the blood clots and he fears upon himself harm, he breaks his fast and makes up for it due to the statement of Allāh;

(فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَۚ)

“But if any of you is ill or on a journey, the same number (should be made up) from other days.” [Al-Baqarah, 184]

Whether it is concerning the affair of one who began not fasting, or the one who broke his fast during the time of his sickness. Or the traveler who began not fasting while he had strong intention to travel, or he broke his fast during his travels.

Then verily upon him is the making up for it. This or that.

Answered by: Shaykh, the Allamah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abu Abdirrahman Yahya bin Ali Al-Hajuri – may Allah preserve him


Translated by: Abū ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi