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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

Is it permissible to leave gum in the
mouth during prayer without
chewing it?.

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.
A person should focus fully on his
prayer and have proper presence of
mind, and remember that he is
conversing with his Lord, as al-
Bukhaari (405) and Muslim (551)
narrated from Anas ibn Maalik that
the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) saw some
sputum in the qiblah (of the
mosque) and that upset him so
much that it could be seen on his
face. He scratched it with his hand
then he said: “When one of you
stands to pray, he is conversing
with his Lord, or his Lord is between
him and the qiblah, so you should
not spit in the direction of the
qiblah, rather to your left or
beneath your feet.” Then he took
the edge of his garment and spat in
it, then rubbed part of it against
another part, and he said: “Or do
like this.”
Leaving gum in the mouth at the
very least is contrary to the
etiquette of standing before Allaah,
may He be exalted, and it may
prevent one from reciting properly,
or distract the worshipper. If he
chews it or if some of it dissolves,
then his prayer is invalidated.
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy
on him) said in al-Majmoo’ (4/23):
al-Baghawi and others said: Chewing
alone invalidates the prayer, even if
nothing reaches the stomach, and if
a person chews mastic, his prayer is
invalidated. If he does not chew it,
rather he puts it in his mouth, then
if it is new and dissolves it is like
sugar and his prayer is invalidated
according to the correct view, but if
it is used and it does not dissolve,
then it does not invalidate his
prayer, just as if he held a pebble or
a pear in his mouth, it dos not
invalidate his prayer. End quote.
And Allaah knows best.

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