Laughing at others when they Pass Wind

Laughing at others when they Pass Wind

Question:

I just wanted to know if it is wrong to laugh out loud when someone farts and passes wind. It is common amongst many that they laugh and make a joke when someone passes wind.

Answer:

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

It is impermissible – and at the least, disliked – to laugh at someone releasing wind/farting, especially in a scoffing manner. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & grant him peace) disallowed it explicitly.

Sayyiduna Abdullah ibn Zam’a (Allah be pleased with him) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & grant him peace) giving a sermon (khutba)…  Then he (Allah bless him & grant him peace) admonished them about laughing at [someone] releasing wind, and said, “Why does one of you laugh at what he himself does?” (Sahih al-Bukhari no: 4653 and Sahih Muslim no: 5073)

Abdullah ibn Zam’a (Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & grant him peace) forbade that one laughs at [someone] releasing wind… (Sahih al-Bukhari no: 5703)

Imam al-Nawawi (Allah have mercy on him) states in his explanation of this hadith, “The hadith prohibits laughing when hearing someone releasing wind; rather, one should ignore it and continue with the conversation and whatever task one is occupied in, without paying any attention to it, and act as if one did not hear anything. This constitutes good manners (adab) and sociable living.” (Al-Minhaj sharh Sahih Muslim)

Imam al-Ayni (Allah have mercy on him) states in his commentary of Sahih al-Bukhari, “In the hadith, there is a command to ignore and overlook upon hearing the sound of someone releasing wind. In the days of ignorance (jahiliyya), when one of them would release wind in a gathering, they would laugh; and thus the legislator forbade this practice, and commanded to pay no attention to it and continue with what one is engaged in. Furthermore, this was from the ways of the people of Lut (peace be upon him), for they would release wind in gatherings and laugh.” (Umdat al-Qari sharh Sahih al-Bukhari 19/294

As such, it is indeed impermissible and blameworthy to laugh at others upon hearing the sound of them releasing wind, since it is natural, and there is no logic in laughing at an act which one does himself. Moreover, if the laughter is accompanied by ridicule and mockery, then it constitutes a grave sin. Allah Most High says, “O you who believe, no men should ever scoff at other men. May be, the latter are better than the former. Nor should women [ever scoff] at other women. May be, the latter women are better than the former ones.” (Quran 49:11)

And Allah knows best

[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester , UK

Question #: 7261
Published: 10/01/2014