Bad breath and Salah

The day was hot as stink . Juneyd and the crew had just finished their afternoon work out and were hanging around the gym.

“Guys,” Ali said. “It’s already Asr. shouldn’t we like go to the masjid for salah or something?”

“Maybe,” Juneyd answered. “But i feel so tired after the work out i can hardly manage to perform rukuu. Those crunches were killers!”

“SubhanAllah akhy, itaqiillah!” Ali cautioned. “So you are okay doing crunches to get killer abs but feel terrible about making rukuu for Allah?”

“Am just saying. come on dude, don’t be that stuck up,” Juneyd punched him lightly. “What’s the fuss anyways, Asr runs until later!”

“Let me drop my gym back at home, will meet you guys in the Masjid,” Muhammad said, jogging off.

“Brothers, shouldn’t we be more serious with our ibadah?” lAli said, ooking around the remaining group. “I mean, someone like Juneyd here works his abs to please girls!”

“The problem with you Ali is that you are quite the extremist,” Juneyd explained, reaching into his gym bag for something. “This is haram, that is makruh, this is Bida’h. I thin one day you just might become a Haram police!”

Juneyd removed a packet of cigarettes from his bad, stuck one between his lips and lit it. “okay bro,” he said, blowing a jet of smoke into the air. “I will come into the Masjid after a little while, i promise.”

“Don’t do it for me bro,” adviced Ali as he left. “Do it for Allah and your own akhera. And just as a reminder, you would rather pray your salah at home if you intend to come to the Masjid after smoking; Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) forbade us to pray if we emit smells that may not only bother the other worshippers but the angels too!”

Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “He who has eaten garlic or onion should keep away from us or our mosques.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

The narration in Muslim is: “He who has eaten onion or garlic or leek should not approach our mosque, because the angels are also offended by the strong smells) that offend the children of Adam.”


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One response to “Bad breath and Salah

  1. You are totally right, Abu Amirah. Funny I never drew the correlation between a smoke and the hadith about bad breath.
    I once tried to have a conversation with a guy who had smoked; I thought I was gonna have an asthma attack! I wonder how they maintain that destructive habit.
    May Allah make His ways easier for us to attain.


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