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IslamQA: Can you pray after eating pork by mistake?

I'm a new revert and today my mother made me a meal and it had some Chorizo in it. It was one slice and I was so engrossed in conversation that I ate it without realising. It wasn't until 5 minutes later that the penny dropped. What happens now? Is my Salah invalid? Do I repent? I'm confused.

There is no repentance necessary since it was a mistake (according to the Saudi scholar Ibn Baaz, http://www.binbaz.org.sa/noor/3155)

According to the Shafii jurist Ibn Hajar al-Haytami, if one eats something unlawful by mistake, one should try to throw it up if this is possible for them, otherwise they do not have to do anything other than rinsing their mouth. (Islamweb, fatwa 94019)

As for whether a person can pray, the only relevant opinion I can find is of the 19th century Maliki jurist Muhammad al-Desouki who says that as long as the pork is in the person’s stomach and they are able to throw it up, their prayer will not be accepted. This means that if one eats pork by mistake, they should try to throw it up unless there is a health reason that prevents them before they pray. But if one is not able to throw it up, or the food has passed beyond the stomach, then one can pray like normal. (Islamweb, fatwa 283165).

And God knows best.
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shaikh hamza
2 years ago

Muslims must pray five or more times each day, and are encouraged to pray more prayers if they can. Built in 1888 it’s thought of as a conventional mosque. The mosque is also referred to as the best Mosque. Now, it’s one of the biggest mosques on the planet after the al-Haram mosque in Mecca.

Rahbar Islamic foundation
Rahbar Islamic foundation
2 years ago

Praise be to Allah.

Firstly:

There are verses that speak of the believers’ joy at meeting Allah, may He be exalted, at various stages in the Hereafter.