Using Toothpaste While Fasting

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I know that it is permissible to use siwâk toothsticks while fasting. However, can a person brush his teeth with toothpase, or would this break his fast?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee – chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî
It will not break your fast unless you swallow the toothpaste.

However, without going so far to say that it is makrûh to use toothpaste while fasting, Sheik Ibn al-`Uthaymîn discourages it. He says:

There is nothing wrong with a fasting person using toothpaste, as long as it does not go down his gullet. However, it would be better to refrain from using it, simply because it has a strong tendency to go down a person’s throat while he is unaware.

For this reason, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Exaggerate in inhaling water (while performing ablutions) except when you are fasting.”

Therefore, it is better for a fasting person to refrain from using toothpaste. The matter is easy. If he simply waits until after he breaks his fast to brush his teeth with toothpaste, he will have avoided what might possibly nullify his fast.

And Allah knows best.

One Reply to “Using Toothpaste While Fasting”

  1. The Prophet used siwak during fasting and it is stated that he used it much after Asr. Siwak does have flavor and elements in his which are of benefit for the teeth as does toothpaste. Prophet did not avoid siwak during fasting out of fear of swallowing saliva mixed with excretions from the siwak. That according to many is similar therefore there are scholars who permit and even encourage usage of modern day siwak – toothbrush and toothpaste to promote cleanliness of mouth during fasting in line with the sunnah. It is important to state this view here.
    Wallahu Aalam

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