Hello, does using eye drops break the fasting?
There are different opinions on whether eye drops break the fast or not. The Mālikī and Ḥanbalī opinion is that it breaks the fast. The major Ḥanafī scholars believe it does not break the fast. According to Dr. Ali Gomaa (Egypt’s Grand Mufti from 2003 to 2013) says that the Ḥanafī and Shāfiʿī opinion is that it is permissible. He issued a fatwa saying that eye drops do not break the fast even if the person senses a taste in their mouths from the eye drops. However, the Jordianian Fatwa Authority (representing the Shāfiʿī school) issued a fatwa saying eye drops break the fast.
Due to the differences of opinion on this, it is best to avoid it using eye drops when fasting.
- Fatwa from IslamWeb (Arabic PDF)
- Article on Ali Gomaa’s opinion (Arabic PDF)
- Ali Gomaa’s fatwa from the Egyptian Fatwa Authority website (Arabic PDF)
- Jordianian fatwa on using eye drops (Arabic PDF)