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Does Burping Break Wudu (Ablution)? | From Quran & Sunnah

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Does Burping Break Wudu

Before we get to the answer to this question, does burping break Wudu? The first step is to understand what burping really is. Then let’s examine Islam and whether or not it invalidates Wudu.

What Burping Really is?

When we eat, our stomach creates gases as well as a large number of digestive juices. The only two ways to get rid of it are to fart or burp.

Burping is a synonym for belching. It is used by your body to expel excess air from your upper digestive tract.

Burping is so beneficial because if extra gas in your stomach is not released, it may cause cramping and terrible abdominal pain.

Most of the time, this air never reaches the stomach and instead accumulates in the esophagus. However, burping serves an important purpose and should not be avoided.

When you swallow, a little quantity of air enters your body; part of it travels down your esophagus and into the top section of your stomach. Burping is a defensive mechanism that prevents the stomach from growing too much.

Discussion about Burping According to Hadith

In essence, the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) criticized the act of burping itself. This conforms to what Ibn Umar RA mentioned in a narrative, which is seen here:

“‎تَجَشَّأَ رَجُلٌ عِنْدَ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ ‏‏ كُفَّ عَنَّا جُشَاءَكَ فَإِنَّ أَكْثَرَهُمْ شِبَعًا فِي الدُّنْيَا أَطْوَلُهُمْ جُوعًا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ”

“A man belched in the presence of the Prophet PBUH, so he said: ‘Restrain your belching from us. For indeed those who are filled most in the world will be the hungriest on the Day of Judgement. Sunan al-Tirmizi (2478)”

The above hadith shows that the act of burping (belching) is restricted in terms of the act itself.

The restriction of burping is actually the prohibition of burping when one is extremely full, which is a reproachable act from medical and Islamic perspectives.

The prohibition against burping, on the other hand, only applies in situations when it is caused by eating too much.

In point of fact, it is sinful conduct since excessive fullness would promote sins and other negative behaviors like laziness in worship.

If one has gas in their digestive system, for example, it is not against the law to burp since it may happen accidentally.

To prevent accidentally farting in front of other people is an important part of good manners and ethical conduct.

Does Burping Break Wudu?

The question of whether or not the act of burping itself would render a person’s wudu invalid is one that is discussed at length among scholars in the field of fiqh.

According to a number of different credible narrations, burping is not one of the factors that constitute an inability to do wudu.

This suggests that there is no evidence from Syarak to suggest that burping during wudu renders it illegitimate.

However, there are certain scholars of fiqh who contend that because the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) condemned burping outside of prayer, it follows that burping during prayer should also be disallowed.

But it is clear that burping does not break one’s ablution. This is not a good practice because sometimes what we have eaten causes bad breath.

Fatwa Regarding Does Burping Break Wudu?

“Praise be to Allah.

Burping does not invalidate wudu and there is nothing wrong with you burping to release gas and keep your wudu.

But you should consult doctors to help you get rid of the gas because Allah has not sent down any disease but He has sent down a cure for it. And do not despair because of what you say about losing focus, for you are being tested and you will be rewarded for your patience, in sha Allah.

If you are praying in congregation, then the fuqaha regard it as mustahabb for a person to lift his head when burping, so that he does not bother those who are beside him.

Al-Mardawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The general ruling is that lifting one’s gaze to the sky (when praying) is makruh. This is our view and that of our companions. And it was said that by merely lifting one’s gaze to the sky, one’s prayer is invalidated. This was mentioned by al-Hawi and others.

Note: an exception is made to that in the case of burping, when one may raise the head. Imam Ahmad, according to one report from him, and others stated:

If (a person) burps when he is praying, he should raise his face and look up, so that the smell does not bother those who are around him. Abu Talib said: If he burps when he is praying, he should lift his head up so that the smell will dissipate; if he does not lift his head, he will annoy the people around him with his smell. “(Al-Insaaf, 2/91)”

Logical Reasons: Burping does not Validate Wudu

Wudu is not affected in any way by burping.

The most important point is that the term “passing wind” only exists in Arabic when translated using the anus.

It is not related to burping in the original Arabic text since there is a distinct expression for burping that is not addressed in the hadith, the Quran, or any of the other religious texts.

Second, there are a number of hadith that indicate categorically that wudu is not legitimate if one sleeps or uses the toilet after doing it. There is not a single hadith that makes a mention to burping.

Third, according to this line of reasoning, inhaling and exhaling would both be regarded as a violation of wudu since they both involve the release of gas from the mouth.


Burping does not have the same impact as farting and so does not break wudu. Farting differs from burping in that it refers to gaseous expulsion from the anus.

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