Question: if someone is praying (Salaah) and in the process, he had a feeling that his clothe is polluted, what will he do? Should he leave the prayer or continue the prayer?
All praise is due to Allaah. We seek His Blessings on the prophet Muhammad.
If the one who is praying is in doubt as to the presence of some pollutant or filth on his garment while praying, it is not permissible for him to abandon the prayer, whether he is the Imam or worshipper being led by the Imam, or he is praying alone. He must complete his prayer, and if he finds after that, that there is some pollutant on his garment, there is no obligation on him to make up for it, according to the most correct opinion, because he was not aware of its presence until after the prayer.
It has been reported authentically from the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) he removed his shoes during the prayer when Jibril informed him that there was some filth on them, and he did not repeat the first part of the prayer, instead, he continued to pray. And Allaah is the giver of success.
Editor's Note: Here is the full report of the incident that the Shaykh referred to.
Abu Sa'eed reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)removed his shoes and the people behind him did likewise. When he finished the prayer, he asked, "Why did you remove your shoes?" They said, "We saw you remove yours." He said:
"Jibril came to me and informed me that there was some filth on them. Therefore, when one of you comes to the mosque, he should turn his shoes over and examine them. If one finds any dirt on them, he should rub them against the ground and pray with them on." (Abu Dawud).
The question was answered by sheilh Abdullaah ibn Abdul-Azeez ibn Baaz. He was born in Riyadh in 1330 AH. He lost his eyesight in his youth but became well known for his great memory especially in the field of hadeeth. He taught for many years and was the chancellor of the Islamic university in medinah. He was the grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, a position he held till his death in 1420 AH.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited