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Swallowing Mucus While Fasting

Q: While suffering from a cold, some mucus gathered in my mouth and I swallowed it instead of spitting it out. Was my fast valid? What about the mucus produced in throat when someone catches a cold?

A: Swallowing the mucus – before it reaches the mouth - does not make one liable to anything. However, after it reaches the mouth, one should not swallow it as obligatory caution. Upon swallowing it intentionally, one should fast again and perform kaffārah as caution.

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