Using the Toothstick during Ramadhan

Using the Toothstick during Ramadhan

Question :

There are those who avoid using the toothstick during Ramadhan due to fear that it will corrupt the fast. Is this correct? And what is the preferred time to use the toothstick during Ramadhan?


Refraining from using the toothstick during the daytime in Ramadhan or during other days outside of Ramdhaan when a person is fasting is baseless. This is because using the toothstick is a Sunnah. It is as has been mentioned in the authentic Hadith:
"Cleansing for the mouth and pleasing to the Lord."

It is legislated especially during Wadha' (ablution), for the prayer, when getting up from sleep, upon entering the house when one first enters, while fasting and at other times. It does not corrupt the fast unless the toothstick has a taste and an effect upon the spit. In that case you should not swallow its taste. Likewise, if some blood comes out from the gums when using the toothstick, you should not swallow it. If you cautiously avoid this, then it (using the toothstick) does not affect the fasting at all.

Ash-Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaimin
Fatawa Islamiyah, Vol. 3 Pages 261-262

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