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Is it possible to consume khak e shifa whilst fasting during the month of Ramadan.



I have recently reverted to the Shi’a Ithna-Asheri Faith and come from an Ismaili Background. I would like to ask whether it is possible to consume khak e shifa whilst fasting during the month of Ramadan.

The reason for this question is I would like to understand whether khak e shifa is considered to be a food and hence taking it will nullify the fast or whether it’s healing properties and spiritual benefits mean that it is permissible.

Thanking you,

Kind regards,



Wa Alaykumussalam

Welcome to the righteous religion and sect in Islam.
Kindly refer to the following ruling by Sayyid Sistani (d):

Ruling 1551. Eight things invalidate a fast:

1. eating and drinking;

2. sexual intercourse;

3. masturbation, meaning that a man – either with himself or by means of something – does something other than having sexual intercourse that results in ejaculation. How this applies to a woman was explained in Ruling 345;

4. based on obligatory precaution, ascribing false things to Allah, Prophet Muhammad (S), and the successors of Prophet Muhammad (S) [i.e. the Twelve Imams (ʿA)];

5. causing thick dust to reach the throat, based on obligatory precaution;

6. remaining in a state of ritual impurity (janābah), menstruation (hayd), or lochia (nifās) until the time of Subh prayers;

7. applying liquid enema;

8. vomiting intentionally.

Sayyid further explains under eating and drinking:

If a fasting person who is aware of the fact that he is fasting intentionally eats or drinks something, his fast becomes invalid, irrespective of whether the thing he ate or drank was something normal – such as bread and water – or not – such as earth and the sap of a tree – and irrespective of whether it was a little or a lot. In fact, even if one takes a toothbrush out of his mouth and then puts it back into his mouth and swallows the moisture, his fast becomes invalid unless the moisture on the toothbrush was so little that it could be said to have disappeared in his saliva

It is necessary for a Shia to do Taqleed, i.e: to follow a most learned Mujtahid. And I hope you are doing taqleed of one of the Mujtahideen who seem to be the most learned to you. If you unaware of it, then please go through the links I am mentioning below.

Taqlid: Meaning and reality

What is Taqlid

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider