Does Having Taste of Blood in One’s Mouth Invalidate the Fast?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I am having a lot of problems with bleeding in the mouth and am worried about the validity of my fasting. Sometimes the blood is majority of the saliva and sometimes not.I wake up with a bad taste in my mouth and my spit is yellow and then blood appears.

Does the taste break the fast?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

In general, swallowing the blood would nullify the fast.

The taste in and of itself does not invalidate anything. We act on the basis of certainty, and certainty is not lifted by doubts. The basis is that your fasts are valid and sound. If you taste blood in your mouth, simply spit out, rinse your mouth, and continue on with your day. Don’t try to investigate the issue.

I’d also consider visiting a dentist to determine why you have bleeding gums.

Please see: Bleeding Gums While Fasting and: Constantly Bleeding Gums & Fasting

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani