Remnant of Food in the Mouth During Salah

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Fatwa ID: 05311


Answered by: Mufti Eunus Ali




Hazrat, during Tarawih salah, I had a remnant of food stuck in my morsel tooth. I only realised this whilst I was in the state of qiyam, I picked it with my tongue and swallowed it. I am uncertain if it was less than the size of a chickpea.

Was the salah valid?



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




Any food swallowed from in between the teeth the size of a chickpea or larger will invalidate the salah.

Likewise any food that is smaller than the size of a chickpea will not invalidate the salah.

Conclusion: as you are certain that the size of the food was less than the size of a chickpea the salah will be valid Inshallah.[1]




Only Allah knows best

Written by Mufti Eunus Ali

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1] Hashiyatut Tahtawi ‘Ala Maraqiyal Falah, Page 323 & 324



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