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f:1160 -    Use of toothpaste or tooth powder when fasting
Country : India,
Name : Khalid Hussain
Question:     During Ramadhan, sometimes, it is difficult to get up on time for Sahr. Sometimes we get up late and there is no time to use tooth paste or tooth powder. In such a case, can we use tooth powder or tooth paste at our leisure, after Fajr?
Answer:     In a fast, anything except the tooth-stick (Miswak), like tooth powder, toothpaste should not be used as it has some taste.  Even if they are used carefully, their use is not free of undesirability. If some particles find their way into the throat, then the fast is rendered invalid. Thus, tooth paste, tooth powder, etc. should never be used. As stated in Fatawa A’alamgiri Vol. 1, Pg. no. 199.

It is an act established by Sunnah and Commendable to use the tooth-stick while fasting instead of tooth paste or tooth powder. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has declared use of the tooth-stick to be the best habit of a fasting person.

Translation:  The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said:  The best habit of a fasting person is the use of the tooth-stick. (Badaa’i us Sanaa’i, Vol. 1, Pg. no. 269)

It is given in Fatawa A’alamgiri: Vol. 1, Pg. no. 199:
Translation: There is no problem in a fasting person's use of either wet or dry tooth-stick.

There is much excellence and many medicinal benefits in using the tooth-stick. The least benefit of using it is that the mouth is free of odor and the best benefit is that the person dies with the Muslim the faith intact. As stated in Durre Mukhtaar Vol. 1, Pg. no. 85.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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