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Accidentally got intoxicated. What is the effects?

Fatwaa ID: 2117

Salaam Mufti,

If person got accidentally intoxicated in a way where he is not completely sure how it happened. He may have accidentally breathed in marijuana smoke while on the street or ate something that may have had something in it without knowing. Either case, he had zero intention and absolutely did not want to get intoxicated in the least. What is the effect on this person’s prayers. I have heard that the ibadat of the person is not accepted for 40 days after a person gets intoxicated. Is this still true for a person who accidentally got intoxicated, if that person repents?

Jazakallah Khair

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

We take note of the details of your query. It is not clear how a person would get intoxicated in the enquired examples. Nonetheless, the mashaayikh advise us that the negative effects of consuming haraam will be found on a person, especially his spirituality, even if he consumes it by mistake or in error. Sincere tawbah and istighfaar should be made in all situations. One should also ensure that he is always in the right and conducive environment. He should also be very careful of what he eats. It is up to Allaah Ta’aala whether He wants to accept a person’s ‘ibaadah or not.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/01/1445 AH – 02/11/2024 CE | 838

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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