Biting Nails Breaks Fast Or Not?

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Question:

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

I have a question which mostly occurs to many people. If someone has a habit of biting his nails, chewing them and swallowing which is a detestable action of course and one should try to stay away from. He does this whilst fasting intentionally or subconsciously. Will the fast be broken?

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-Salāmu ‘Alaykum Wa-Rahmatullāhi Wa-Barakātuh.

If the person has a habit of biting nails and swallowing it, then there are two possibilities:

  1. If he bites and swallows his nails whilst knowing that he is fasting, then his fast will be invalid.
  2. If he bites and swallows his nails whilst forgetting that he is fasting, then his fast will be valid.[1]

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

Shahid Shaikh

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, U.S.A.

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Muhammad Zakariyya Desai.

Biting Nails Breaks Fast Or Not?