Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation about “is it a sin to fart while praying?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!
Specifically, there are three important things about “is it a sin to fart while praying?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:
Is Farting a Sin?
The first important thing about “is it a sin to fart while praying?” what I will explain now is “is farting a sin?”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article because it is one of the important discussions in this article that must be understood well.
Farting or flatus is a normal biological process, which occurs regularly and routinely and is normal for everyone.
Farting usually occurs several times a day, and is more common when you eat gassy foods. But on average, a person farts 5 to 15 times a day. In fact, some people may fart more than 40 times a day. This condition is known as excessive farting. Usually this is caused by problems in the digestive system.
What it means is that farting is a normal thing experienced by everyone, including Muslims.
In Islam, there are many special discussions about farting. We can find one such discussion in the hadith below:
عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : الْعَيْنُ وِكَاءُ السَّهِ فَإِذَا نَامَتِ الْعَيْنَانِ اِسْتَطْلَقَ الْوِكَاءُ . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالطَّبْرَانِيُّ وَزَادَ : وَ مَنْ نَامَ فَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ
From Mu’awiyah radiyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah sallallhu alaihi wa sallam said, “The eye is the anal cord. If two eyes have slept then the string will be untied.” The hadith was narrated by Ahmad and ath-Thabrani. He (ath-Thabrani) added (the hadith editor), “Whoever has been sleeping, let him perform wudu.”
The hadith does not specifically explain fart (I have explained several things about it in previous articles). But if we read the hadith, we can understand that sleep is one of the conditions that can cause a person to fart even though he is not aware of it.
Now, if you ask me “is farting a sin?”, the answer is “No”. The reason for that was because it was a normal thing that everyone experienced. Personally, I have not found an explanation that farting is a sin in Islam.
That’s a brief explanation of “is farting a sin?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.
Consequences of Farting While Praying
The second important thing about “is it a sin to fart while praying?” what I will explain now is the consequences of farting while praying. I want you to understand that because it is one of the important topics in this article that should be well understood.
In the previous few paragraphs, I have explained that there are many specific explanations about farting in Islam. We can find some of these explanations in the following hadiths:
عَنْ عَلِيٍّ بْنِ طَلْقٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا فَسَا أَحَدُكُمْ فِي الصَّلَاةِ فَلْيَنْصَرِفْ وَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ وَلْيُعِدْ الصَّلَاةَ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةَ
From Ali bin Thalq radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) has said, “If one of you has emitted a soundless wind from his anus while praying, then let him go out and perform wudu, then repeat the prayer.” The hadith was narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah).
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قاَلَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : إِذَا وَجَدَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِيْ بَطْنِهِ شَيْئًا فَأَشْكَلَ عَلَيْهِ أَخَرَجَ مِنْهُ شَيْءٌ أَمْ لَا ؟ فَلَا يَخْرُجَنَّ مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيْحًا . أَخْرَجَهُ مُسْلِمٌ
From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, he said, “The Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “If one of you finds something in his stomach, then he doubts whether something has come out of him or not? So, he is not allowed to leave the mosque until he hears a sound or smells an aroma.” This hadith was narrated by Muslim.
وَعَنْ عَبَّادِ بْنِ تَمِيمٍ ، عَنْ عَمِّهِ ، أَنَّهُ شَكَا إِلَى رَسُوْلِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي يُخَيَّلُ إِلَيْهِ أَنَّهُ يَجِدُ الشَّىْءَ فِي الصَّلاَةِ . فَقَالَ : لاَ يَنْفَتِلْ أَوْ لاَ يَنْصَرِفْ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيحًا
From ‘Abbad bin Tamim, from his uncle, that there was once a man who complained to the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that he hesitated as if he found something (fart) in his prayer (salat). He then said, “He must not move or leave until he hears the voice or smells the smell.”
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ : لَا يَقْبَلُ اللهُ صَلَاةَ أَحَدِكُمْ إِذَا أَحْدَثَ حَتَّى يَتَوَضَّأَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu, that the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, “Allah does not accept someone’s prayer from you if he has hadas (small hadas) until he performs wudu.” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
All readers! There are many things that we can conclude if we understand some of the hadiths above. One of them is that farting is one of the things that can damage wudu.
So, if you ask me about the consequences of farting while praying, the answer is that farting can break prayer. If a Muslim believes that he has farted during prayer, then he must perform ablution and then pray again.
That’s a brief explanation of the consequences of farting while praying. As Muslims, we must understand that.