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Breaking wind during a congregational prayer. What he should do?

 

If a man breaks wind during a congregational prayer, what should he do in this
embarrassing situation?

 

He should put his hand over his nose, and go out. The evidence for this was reported by  Aa‘ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), who said: ―The Messenger of Allaah sallallahu alihi wasallam (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:  If one of you passes wind whilst he is praying, he should hold his nose and leave.‘ (Sunan Abi Dawood, 1114; see also Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood, 985). Al-Teebi said: ―The command to hold one‘s nose is to make it appear as though one is bleeding. This is not lying; it is a form of action that is allowed so that Shaytaan will not convince a person in this situation not to leave because he feels too shy of others.  (Mirqaat al-Mafaateeh Sharh Mishkaat al-Masaabeeh, 3/18).

 

This is an example of the kind of ambiguity that is allowed and approved of, in order to avoid embarrassment, as whoever sees him leaving in this manner will assume that he is suffering a nosebleed. Another benefit of this Prophetic advice is that it puts a stop to the insinuating whispers of the Shaytaan, which may otherwise cause him to stay in the row or continue praying with the congregation when he has passed wind, and this does not please Allaah. How can he stay when the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam  (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) has commanded him to leave?

 

In this case he is permitted either to pass through the rows, or to walk to the edge of the mosque, in order to leave, so that he can go and make wudoo‘, then come back and rejoin the prayer.

 

 

 

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