Loud laughter invalidating wudhu

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Loud laughter invalidating wudhu. What is the Hanafi Evidences?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.


There are four conditions which need to be found for loud laughter to break the Salah.

1. One is an adult

2. One is awake

3. One’s laughter is loud.

4. The prayer contains Ruku and Sajdah.

There are three possible scenarios of laughing in Salah.

  1. Loud laughing: Laughter with a raised sound such that under normal circumstances, the person praying next to one would be able to hear it. As long as the four conditions above are found, the wudhu and Salah would break.
  2. Laughing: Laughter such that under normal circumstances one would be able to hear it however, the person praying next to one would not be able to hear it. In this situation, the prayer only is invalidated and not the wudhu.
  3. Smiling: One cannot hear it. This has no effect on the validity of the prayer. (Extracted from Sharhul Wiqayah p.71 –p.72 v.1)

The evidence from hadith is the narration from al-Tabarani from Saaiduan Abu Musa al-Ashari Radiallahu Anhu that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam was praying with the people when a man entered and fell into a hole which was in the masjid, and there were problems with his eyesight.  Many of the people laughed and they were in the prayer, so the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam ordered those who laughed to repeat the wudu and prayer.’

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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