Does Consuming One’s Snots Invalidate the Prayer?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel

Question

If someone had a bad habit as a child of eating their bogies or dried snot, is this a sin that would require repentance?

Also, would such an act invalidate a person’s salah, like the consumption of alcohol does?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is a good sign of your faith that you have concerns about your prayer.

It would be disliked and against self-respect to eat one’s snots. It would not require one to repent.

Eating one’s snots in the prayer at pre-puberty age does not have to be repeated. However, when one reaches puberty, if any item is taken from outside the mouth, swallowing any amount, be it small, breaks the prayer. [Al-Hadiyya al-Ala’iyyah]

I hope this helps.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.