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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

before going to salat , i usually
brush my teeth , but the toothpaste
has a very strong taste that
remains in my mouth , so i feel it
during the prayer is my prayer
valid? if yes is it invalid if i swallow
my saliva? does the same rule apply
to food also?.

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.
Firstly:
Swallowing saliva whilst praying
does not affect the prayer, because
it is not food or drink and it does
not come under the heading of food
or drink in any way. If a person is
fasting, his fast is not invalidated
by swallowing his saliva, so it is
more apt that the prayer should not
be invalidated by that.
See the answer to question no.
and

Secondly:
If a person who is praying swallows
remnants of food that are left
between the teeth, that does not
invalidate the prayer, if it is
something small that flows with the
saliva, because it is difficult to avoid
that.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah
have mercy on him) was asked:
What is the ruling on remnants of
food between the teeth whilst
praying?
He replied: With regard to remnants
of food between the teeth, there is
nothing with them remaining
between the teeth, even if one
prays, but if anything breaks off of
it, he should not swallow it.
Sometimes some food gets stuck
between the teeth, then after a
while it comes out from between
the teeth or he may dislodge it with
his tongue and it comes out. We
say: There is nothing wrong with
that, but he should not swallow it.
End quote.
Al-Bahooti (may Allah have mercy
on him) said: There is nothing
wrong with swallowing remnants of
food that are left in the month,
without chewing, or swallowing
remnants of food that are left
between the teeth, without
chewing, that are small and will flow
with the saliva, because that is not
called food. That which does not
flow with the saliva, rather it has
substance, invalidates the prayer if
it is swallowed… End quote from
Kashshaaf al-Qinaa‘, 1/339
It says in al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhyyah
(27/124): The fuqaha’ are
unanimously agreed that the prayer
is invalidated by eating and drinking
in general, but they made an
exception with regard to that which
is caught between the teeth and is
less than the size of a chickpea.
This does not invalidate the prayer
if it is swallowed, but they stated
clearly that the prayer is invalidated
by chewing if it is a large amount.
End quote.

Thirdly:
With regard to the smell and flavour
of the toothpaste that remains in
the mouth, that does not affect the
validity of the prayer, because it is
not regarded as food or drink.
And Allah knows best.

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