Speculations of Flatulations

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu ‘anhu — may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah said, “If one if you feels something in his stomach and becomes confused as to whether something came out or not, then do not leave from the masjid until you hear a sound or smell a smell.” [Muslim]

  • “do not leave from the masjid” — if leaving to repeat wudu
  • “until you hear a sound” — that something came out
  • “or smell a smell” — from you


It is not a condition that you hear or smell something that your wudu is nullified; rather, what’s intended is that you become certain.

This hadeeth is a foundation from the foundations of Islam and a principle from the principles of fiqh. It proves that things are judged by their original state until there is something certain that is in opposition to that. Also, that doubt doesn’t have an affect on anything.

So whoever finds himself doubtful or uncertain if he broke his wudu, and is certain that he is upon purity (i.e., he has wudu), then it is not affected by that doubt until he finds some certainty. This is what is benefited from his statement ﷺ, “until you hear a sound or smell a smell.” For he ﷺ made it (wudu) contingent upon what you’re aware of and mentioned those two things as an example. Everything else that nullifies your wudu follows the same rule as these two things, like sperm for example. It comes in the hadeeth of Ibn Abbaas, “Indeed Shaytan comes to one of you and blows in your buttocks so that he thinks he broke wind and he didn’t. So do not leave until you hear a sound or find a smell.” [Hasan]

This hadeeth is general for the one who’s in salah or out of it according to what the majority of scholars’ opinion. The Malikiya (Maliki Mathhab) explain and separate between the one who’s in salah and the one outside of salah, but they don’t bring any proof.

Taken from: Subl As-Salaam by Imam Muhammad ibn Isma’eel Al-Ameer As-San’aani (5/65)

With that I conclude by sending peace and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and his companions.


About Abdul-Malik Merchant
Muslim. Husband. Father. Associate Imam @ISBCC. UQU grad. Boston resident. DC native. Biker. Goofy. Straight up.

2 Responses to Speculations of Flatulations

  1. Ibrahim Aziz says:

    Mashallah, a very clear and beneficial post. May Allah reward you all.

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