Spitting When Someone is Praying (Salat); Law and Procedure

Shariah On Website: Spitting in When Someone is Praying (Salat) ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain the law of spitting and procedure if someone has to do it when he is praying. It’s true that not everyone will do that when he is praying. But there are some conditions that require him to do that, or at least he needs to do that.

As always, before I explain this issue further, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to this theme. Pay attention!

عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ؛ إِذَا كَانَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِيْ الصَّلَاةِ فَإِنَّهُ يُنَاجِيْ رَبَّهُ ، فَلَا يَبْصُقَنَّ بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا عَنْ يَمِيْنِهِ ، وَلَكِنْ عَنْ شِمَالِهِ تَحْتَ قَدَمِهِ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ

From Anas radliyallaahu ‘anhu, he said, “Allah‘s Messenger sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said, “If one of you is praying, then he is actually in the midst of his Lord. Then let him not spit on the front side and on his right side, but on his left side under his feet.” The hadith is narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.


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There are several important things related to the hadith above;

One; The hadith explains that saliva is sacred.

Two; The hadith explains that someone may spit when he is praying.

Three; The hadith explains, that if someone want to spit when he is praying, then he has to spit on his left side. He cannot spit on the front because it is the direction of qiblah. If he does that, then it is as if he spits in front of God. Surely that is very unethical. Besides that, he also shouldn’t spit on his right side.

Four; In Islamic teachings, prayer is a moment when a person’s soul rises to the highest level to stand with Allah. That is why someone must maintain ethics when he is praying.

All readers! if we understand the brief explanation above, then of course we know, that we may spit if conditions make us do it, even though we are praying. But there are procedures that we must obey. I explained that. You can read that again!

Thus, a brief explanation for the theme of this article. Do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation is very clear. So, I hope you understand! If you have questions, please ask!

I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


The explanation above I found in, Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and ‘Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Dar al-Fikr, Beirut, Vol. I, p.258-259.


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