Attending the masjid and having a bad smell


Question: Often, in some masaajid there is a bad smell – such as [that of] garlic, onions, [tobacco] smoke – [something indicative of some of the congregation] paying [little or] no attention to the cleanliness of their clothes, nor respecting the sanctity of the prayer and the masaajid, not to mention the other members of the congregation; so what is your advice to these people?

Response: It is obligatory upon the Muslim when setting out for the masjid, that he smells nice, and that his clothes are clean; that s because he is heading for a house from the houses of Allaah, and will be mixing with other members of the congregation. So he must not cause them any discomfort with any bad smell; [the important thing being] whatever he does to eliminate the bad smell, or at the very least reduce it – then this is what is required.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.