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Hadith: The fast only breaks with something entering the stomach

Question

What is the authenticity of the following narration:

Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) reports that Rasulullah (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once entered and said: ‘O ‘Aishah, do you have a piece of bread’? Sayyidatuna ‘Aishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) says that she brought a piece of bread for Nabi (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he put it in his mouth and asked: ‘ O ‘Aishah did any of it enter my belly? This is like the kiss of a fasting person, the fast is broken by what goes in, not by what comes out.

Answer

The hadith in question is reported by Imam Abu Ya’la (rahimahullah) in his Musnad with a weak chain.

(Musnad Abu Ya’la, hadith: 4602 and 4954. See: Majma’uz Zawaid vol. 3 pg. 167)

However this is supported by numerous statements of Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhum) which state that the fast only breaks by something entering the stomach and not by something coming out of the stomach.

(See Nasbur Rayah, vol. 2 pg. 454)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar