If I feel I let out gas during the prayer, should I stop praying and go out to renew my Wudu’?

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If you have started praying and felt some type of wind or gas come out from you, then continue with the salah and cut it off. As long as it is mere doubt, and you are not certain that any wind has exited, you should not pay attention to it, for it is likely to be Satan trying to distract you from the worship.

وَعَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «إِذَا وَجَدَ أَحَدُكُمْ فِي بَطْنِهِ شَيْئًا فَأَشْكَلَ عَلَيْهِ أَخَرَجَ مِنْهُ شَيْءٌ أَمْ لَا فَلَا يَخْرُجَنَّ مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ حَتَّى يَسْمَعَ صَوْتًا أَوْ يَجِدَ رِيحًا» . رَوَاهُ مُسلم

Abu Huraira reported God’s messenger as saying, “If any of you has pain in his abdomen, but is doubtful whether or not any wind existed from him, he should not leave the mosque unless he hears a sound or perceives a smell.” Muslim

If you are sure that you have passed wind, your wudu‘ is invalidated, whether or not there is a smell or sound. If it happens during salah, you need to break off the salah and go and repeat your wudu‘ and salah.

If you cannot keep your wudu‘, because it constantly keeps breaking due to a chronic illness that you have which has been checked with the doctor, you can do the following:

Perform wudu’ at the time of every fard prayer and pray with that wudu’ as many fard or optional as one wishes.
فِي رِوَايَةٍ لِلْبُخَارِيِّ: { وَتَوَضَّئِي لِكُلِّ صَلَاةٍ }
Aisha reports from the the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) that he told Fatima Bint Hubaish, “Perform wudu at the time of every prayer.”

The wudu’ of one suffering from a chronic excuse becomes void only with the expiry of the prayer time or the occurrence of that which invalidates the wudhu’, other than the chronic reason.


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