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Trichotillomania disease and fasting

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For the past 9 years I have suffered from Trichotillomania [hair pulling disorder] where I pulled my hair and ate the roots of them, even while fasting in Ramadan. It was an illness and I couldn't control it.
Also, I used to also bite my nails and the skin inside my mouth and swallow it but I never knew that this broke the fast. After many years I have finally found out that it breaks fast. So are all my past fasts invalid due to all these reasons?
If I  was ignorant of how eating skin and nails breaks fast, then are my fasts valid because I was unaware?

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Whilst fasting it is prohibited to consume food that will nourish your hunger needs. If by some illness one is forced to eat hair/nails/skin etc., it is evident you are not intentionally eating out of hunger pangs. Though this act cannot be condoned, one would need to stop this immediately in future. Regarding the validity, it is better left to the judgement of Allah swt.. One cannot say with conviction that the fasts are broken, but the consumption is definitely not permitted in normal times.
Therefore the best course will be to make taubah and beg Allah swt mercy and forgiveness and ensure henceforth you do not repeat this offense whilst fasting. Do not ever despair of your Lord's mercy and forgiveness.


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