Q. I am a mother of a new born and I am breastfeeding.
My new born vomits milk that falls onto my clothes all the time. Can I perform Salaah with the vomited milk on my clothing?
A. There are two scenarios that apply to the vomit of an adult or a child:
However, if the total amount of vomit is less than a Dirham*, one is not required to remove the vomit before performing Salaah, although it is preferable to do so. It is permissible to perform Salaah in that state.
* Dirham refers to the Islamic silver coin that was approx. 2.75cm in diameter (Ahsanul Fataawa Vol. 1 pg. 89). It is equivalent to the size of the old 50 cent coin and is 2mm larger than the current R5 coin (South Africa).
The above ruling is the same whether the vomit is of milk, food or any other substance.
In determining the size of a mouthful, the size of the adult’s or child’s mouth will be taken into consideration. A mouthful refers to one not being able to hold back the vomit in one’s mouth. (Maraaqil Falaah 1/155)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa