Dubai: A special fatwa issued by a religious body here has permitted smokers to use nicotine patches during the month of Ramadan to deal with withdrawal symptoms, saying it does not violate the observance of fasting.
The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) here issues list of fatwas daily to help Muslims observe their fast in the right manner during Ramadan.
"Nicotine patches, which can help smokers to deal with their withdrawal symptoms during the day, are permitted," the fatwa said.
"It is allowed to use these patches as they are not nutritious and the substances in it are absorbed through the skin and blood and not passed through the abdomen."...more
11:37 AM, Aug 03, 2011