Among the etiquettes of the Masjid, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam was most particular about personal hygiene. It was the standing command of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam that anyone who ate from an offensive odour-producing vegetable like onions or garlic must not enter the Masjid at the time of Salaah.
Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam states: “Whoever eats from this foul smelling vegetable must not come near our Masjid.” (Muslim)
Many Masaajid are faced with the following issues:
§ Individuals who continuously burp throughout the Taraweeh Salaah thereby producing foul odours and offending the Musallee neighbours.
§ Individuals whose oral hygiene is lacking but fail to cleanse their mouths with the Miswaak or by brushing their teeth before Taraweeh. Exacerbating the problem is that certain individuals continuously breathe out through their mouths thereby causing acute stress to fellow Musallees.
Generally, people shy away from pointing out issues of hygiene, thus we should each introspect and adopt corrective measures if necessary.