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Praying with gum and similar things in the mouth

Fatwaa ID: 1641

Question:
As-salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatuh, Mufti Sahab.

I once saw a brother at a Masjid praying continuous Salaah (Taraweeh) w/ a logence in his mouth.

Another time, I saw someone praying Maghrib in congregation at a Masjid w/ a piece of chewing gum in his mouth the whole time.

They may be taking the chick pea Masla literary since the logence just slowly slowly disintegrating in his mouth and the gum just remains sitting inside the mouth while praying.

Anyway, in BOTH cases, were their Salaah valid?

Barak Allahu feek wa jazak Allahu khairan katheeran wa ahsanul jaza.

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

In principle, eating or drinking while praying will invalidate the fast. Chewing gum and similar things dissolve and particles therefrom go down the throat. It is not permissible to perform salaah with such things in the mouth. The salaah will be invalidated.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

01/29/1445 AH – 08/16/2023 CE | AMG1-3337

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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