Salat in Islam is an obligatory Muslim prayer and is part of the pillars of Islam. It is one of those times that creates a a direct connection with God. In as much as prayer is obligatory, there are things that invalidate Salat and they’re listed below.
- To eat or drink something while performing a prayer
Eating while praying is not acceptable and it includes chewing gum-without swallowing. As long as there is movement in the mouth (which includes; chewing, tasting) it invalidates wudu thus prayers in general.
- To speak while performing a prayer.
Speaking while praying is not acceptable. Just a single word can invalidate prayer.
- To turn one’s chest from the direction of the qiblah.
When praying, every Muslim should turn towards the direction of the qiblah. It is a must and should be followed.
- To weep loudly by remembering a worldly affair or to moan due to some pain or trouble.
The following is stated in a hadith: “A person who obeys God Almighty by crying enters Paradise by laughing; a person who commits a sin by laughing enters Paradise by crying.”
- If the sun rises while a person is performing a prayer, his prayer is invalidated.
It has been said by scholars that “the prayer performed while the sun is rising is not invalidated but becomes a supererogatory prayer. If it is the fard of the Morning Prayer, it is regarded to have been missed and it needs to be performed again’.
- To laugh loudly enough to hear oneself
If a person laughs loudly enough for the people next to him to hear him, both his prayer and wudu are invalidated. However, smiling does not invalidate prayer nor wudu.
- To greet someone or to reply the greeting of someone while performing a prayer.
- To read a verse of the Quran in order to reply somebody.
- To try to cough though one does not feel like coughing and to growl.
- To say, “yarhamukallah” (bless you) to a person who sneezes.
Uncovering parts of the body that should be covered.