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Ruling on the validity of Salah offered after eating camel meat without performing Wudu

Q: Is Salah (Prayer) offered by someone who does not perform Wudu' (ablution) after eating camel meat valid or not?

A: We were also asked before about whether eating certain parts of camel meat, such as the rumen, intestines and the like, invalidates Wudu'. In this regard, the widely-known opinion in the Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) of Ahmad and some other scholars is that we have not to perform Wudu' after eating such parts and that only eating lean meat invalidates Wudu'.

This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: Perform Wudu' after eating camel meat.

Linguistically speaking, neither rumen, intestines, liver, spleen nor the like is denoted by the word 'meat' (lahm) in Arabic. In fact, the word 'meat' is commonly used to refer to lean meat. Accordingly, scholars are of the view that we must perform Wudu' after eating lean camel meat only, not rumen, intestines or the like.

Actually, this is the correct position according to scholars who view eating camel meat as an invalidator of Wudu'. However, some scholars are of the opinion that the same ruling applies to eating the rumen and the like, as they are denoted by the word 'lahm' (meat). In support of their view, they drew analogy from the fact that Allah's prohibition of swine includes pork, lard and any other wine parts.

Thus, the former view that the prohibition is restricted to lean meat seems to be the soundest: Perform Wudu' after eating camel meat.

Drawing analogy from the prohibition of eating pork is out of place, because swine is prohibited as a whole. As for camel meat, it is something relating to acts of worship.

To clarify, such meat and sub-categories of it are not impure; rather, eating camel meat, in the general sense of the word, is permissible. Nevertheless, Allah made performing Wudu' contingent upon eating camel lean meat only; to the exclusion of other parts that are not linguistically denoted by the word 'lahm' (meat) in Arabic.

In any case, performing Wudu' after eating such camel parts, such as rumen, intestines and tongue, will be good, as this is a kind of precaution that reconciles the divergent opinions of scholars. Precaution here is good also, because such parts are denoted by the generic word meat, although the latter word is not commonly used to refer to these parts.

However, performing Wudu' becomes obligatory only after eating lean meat.

As for a negligent person who does not perform Wudu' after eating camel meat while believing that doing so invalidates Wudu', their Salah is invalid. If someone does not believe that doing so is an invalidator of Wudu' and holds the view that the Hadith above is Mansukh (abrogated), their Salah will be valid.

In other words, the Salah of someone who practices their own Ijtihad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings) or Taqlid (strictly following a specific School of Jurisprudence) comes to realize that the latter view is sounder, their Salah will be valid. This is based on their belief as seekers of knowledge, who have exerted effort and reached the conclusion that eating camel meat does not invalidate one's Wudu'.

In such a case, Salah will be valid, for this is the result of exerting scholarly effort or following the Madh-habs (Schools of Jurisprudence) of Al-Shafi`y, Abu Hanifah, or Malik, who said that eating camel meat does not invalidate Wudu'.

Actually, the Salah of such a person is valid based on their Ijtihad or Taqlid . As for someone who believes that eating camel meat invalidates Wudu' and does not repeat it only out of negligence, their Salah is invalid because they perform it without Wudu'.

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Reference: qsep.com