To Swallow Mucus while Fasting /While suffering from a cold, some mucus gathered in my mouth and I swallowed it instead of spitting it out. Was my fast valid?

Ayatollah Khamenei
Ayatollah Khamenei

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To Swallow Mucus while Fasting

While suffering from a cold, some mucus gathered in my mouth and I swallowed it instead of spitting it out. Was my fast valid? Also, once, staying for some days with one of my relatives during the blessed month of Ramadan, I had a cold and felt shy to perform ghusl of janābah, so I did tayammum instead and did not perform ghusl until sometime before noon. This happened for several days. Were my fasts for those days valid? If not, do I have to pay the kaffārah as well?

Swallowing the mucus (from head /lung) does not make one liable to anything. However, after the mucus enters the mouth, one should — by obligatory caution — avoid swallowing it. As for not performing ghusl of janābah before dawn and performing tayammum instead, if the tayammum was done because of some shar‘ī excuse or done at the last moment due to shortness of time, then your fasting is valid. Otherwise your fasts for those days are void.

Source: Hadana adopted from the Istiftaat of the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei

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