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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What is the ruling on having gum in
the roof of one’s mouth when
praying? Does this invalidate prayer?


Praise be to Allaah.
Every Muslim must fear Allaah and
show respect towards Him. When he
stands in prayer before Allaah, he
must stand in a manner of humility
and submission to Allaah, keeping
far away from everything that may
corrupt or invalidate his prayer,
distract his mind, or keep him from
focusing on the prayer. He must
avoid anything that goes against
respect and good manners.
For a worshipper to have chewing
gum in his mouth is undoubtedly
incompatible with fear and respect
of Allaah, and with humility before
Him. It causes a lot of movement in
the mouth.
With regard to the ruling on having
chewing gum in one’s mouth when
Ibn Qudaamah said: If he has
anything in his mouth that can
dissolve, such as sugar, and any
part of it dissolves, and he swallows
it, then his prayer is invalidated,
because he has eaten.
(al-Mughni, part 1, p. 400)
According to the Hanafis, Maaliks
and Hanbalis, it is also makrooh to
put anything in his mouth even if
that does not prevent him from
reciting, because that distracts his
mind. The Hanafis stated that if
this thing does not dissolve then it
is makrooh; if it does dissolve, such
as sugar in his mouth, then this
invalidates his prayer if he swallows
it after it has dissolved.
(al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 27,
p. 117)
And they stated that if he has
sugar in his mouth, and it dissolves
and he swallows it deliberately,
knowing that that is forbidden, or
because he did not make any effort
to learn, then his prayer is invalid.
They also stated that his prayer
becomes invalid if he chews it, if it
is a lot, even if nothing reaches his
Al-Majd said: if he brings out
something substantial that is
between his teeth and swallows it,
then his prayer becomes invalid in
our view. They stated that
swallowing something that has
dissolved, such as sugar, is like
Al-Mawsoo’ah al-Fiqhiyyah, part 27,
p. 125


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