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f:453 -    Blood test in fast
Country : India,
Name : Muhammad Habeeb Ali
Question:     Because of old age, my health is not so good.  What should I do for the fasts that I have to leave?  Also, can we get a blood test done while fasting?
Answer:     The Shariah has made allowances for special circumstances and situations which one may encounter.  No person is forced to do what is beyond their power.  As Allah Ta’ala says in Surah Baqara:

Allah does not stress any soul more than it can endurance.  Surah Baqarah (2:286)

If you are so ill that you cannot fast and fasting negatively affects your health, then you should make up for these fasts when you regain your health(Qaza).  As given in the Holy Quran:

So, whoever among you is ill or on a journey, then he shall complete fasting for the fixed number by (fasting on) other days. Surah Baqarah (2:184)

As also given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg No: 208.

If your health is fine and fasting does not have any negative effect on it, then fasting is compulsory.  

As far as blood test while fasting is concerned, it can be done, because in a blood test, blood is removed from the body and in the Shariah, bloodletting while fasting is allowed provided it does not weaken the person.  

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]

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