The Holy Month of Ramadan
For Moslems, the holy month of Ramadan is the most special time. For a whole of a month we are fasting.
When fasting, many are hesitant to do health treatment. One of the therapy is acupuncture. This is due to concerns that acupuncture will affect the legal requirements of fasting.
Does acupuncture affect the fasting?
“So now have sexual relations with them and seek that which Allah has ordained for you (offspring), and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night)”
[QS al-Baqarah 2:187]
People differed concerning some issues. Some they kept quiet about and some they spoke about. As for those that they kept quiet about, one of them has to do with what reaches the inside of the body (al-jawf) but is not nourishment and what reaches the inside of the body by a route other than that by which food and drink reach it, such as injections.
The reason for their differences is based on the way they looked at that which nourishes and that which does not nourish. So those who thought of fasting as a rational concept did not regard that which nourishes as being the same as that which does not nourish. Those who thought of fasting as an act of worship and something that is not subject to any rational discussion said that what is meant by fasting is simply refraining from whatever may reach the inside of the body, whether it is nourishing or not nourishing.
Medical Injection While Fasting
Injections as a medical treatment and not as food or nourishment do not break the fast of the fasting person.
Injections which are meant to provide nourishment do break the fast, as is the view of the majority of modern scholars
How about Acupuncture?
The needles used in acupuncture do not come under the same heading as injections meant to provide nourishment and they do not come under the heading of food or drink; rather no kind of solution or liquid can be introduced to the body through them, as is the case with regular medicinal injections.
Rather they are a kind of pricking that is administered to specific places on the body with no intention of using them to introduce any kind of liquid into the body, as mentioned above.
Acupuncture do not affect the fast and there is nothing wrong with using them for medicinal treatments, if it is proven that they are of benefit to the patient.
Allah knows best.
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