Assalamu‘alaikum SS Mufti. What is the ruling of tasting food while fasting?
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Tasting food using the tip of the tongue is permissible and it does not invalidate the fasting according to the chosen opinion. The situation is such that a cook or housewife is cooking in the kitchen. Ibn Abbas R.Anhuma said:
لاَبَأْسَ أَنْ يَذُوْقَ الخَلَّ أَوْالشَّيْءَ مَالَمْ يَدْخُلْ حَلْقَهُ وَهُوَصَائِمٌ
“It is permissible for someone who is fasting to taste vinegar or something, as long as it does not reach the throat.”
It must be on the condition that it is in a small quantity and it must not be swallowed. If it is swallowed with saliva, then the fast is invalid.