Not entering the Musjid due to an offensive smell emanating from one’s mouth

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Q: A Moulana in our town says it is not permissible for us to go to the musjid if our mouths smell even during Ramadaan, or even if you are fasting. Is this correct?

Not entering the Musjid due to an offensive smell emanating from one's mouth

A: If an offensive smell is emanating from one’s mouth on account of smoking, eating garlic, onions etc. then one should not enter the musjid until one has removed the bad odour from his mouth. This does not apply to a fasting person, for the smell emanating from the mouth of a fasting person is beloved in the sight of Allah Ta’aala. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has taught us in his mubaarak Hadith to make miswaak at the time of wudhu (whether in the state of fasting or not) in order to remove the bad odour from one’s mouth.

عن جابر قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم : من أكل من هذه البقلة فلا يقربنا في مسجدنا أو لا يقربن مسجدنا. (الطحاوي رقم 6126 )

( لا ) يكره …( و ) لا ( سواك ولو عشيا ) أو رطبا بالماء على المذهب

قال في رد المحتار: قوله ( ولا سواك ) بل يسن للصائم كغيره صرح به في النهاية لعموم قوله لولا أن أشق على أمتي لأمرتهم بالسواك عند كل وضوء وعند كل صلاة لتناوله الظهر والعصر والمغرب وقد تقدم أحكامه في الطهارة بحرقوله ( ولو عشيا ) أي بعد الزوال. (شامي 2/419)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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