Attending the masjid and having a bad smell

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Question: Often, in some masaajid there are bad smells – such as [that of] garlic, onions, [tobacco] smoke – [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 has a pleasant smell, and that his clothes are clean; that is because he is heading [out] 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; so as much as he is able to remove the bad smell or reduce it – at the very least, that will help him [to do so].


Translation originally published on 6 September, 2015

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.

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