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Does Hearing Bad Words Break Wudu? The Explanation You're Looking For

Does Hearing Bad Words Break Wudu?

Bad words are one of those things that not all normal people like. Some examples are swearing words, harsh words, dirty words, insulting words, insulting words, insulting words, and so on. In general, these words are said to be offensive, insulting, and so on. Islam strictly prohibits bad words. But, in the discussion of wudu, does hearing bad words break wudu?

Whatever your reason for opening this article, I am sure you are looking for an explanation about the effect of hearing bad words on wudu: can wudu be broken by hearing bad words? I'm not going to let you down today because that's what I'm going to explain now. So, you just need to read this article to the end!

Bad Words: Why Are They Forbidden in Islam?

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First of all, I will explain the reasons why bad words are forbidden in Islam. You must understand that first because it is the most basic thing in this discussion that must be understood properly.

Before I explain the reasons why bad words are forbidden in Islam, I will quote verses from the Quran and hadiths about bad words. You have to understand it all as the main basis of the argument to understand these reasons.

Quranic Verses about Bad Words

As for the verses of the Quran about bad words that you must understand are as follows:

لَا يُحِبُّ اللّٰهُ الْجَهْرَ بِالسُّوْۤءِ مِنَ الْقَوْلِ اِلَّا مَنْ ظُلِمَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللّٰهُ سَمِيْعًا عَلِيْمًا

Allah does not like the public mention of evil except by one who has been wronged. And ever is Allah Hearing and Knowing. (An-Nisa [4]: 148).

The verse above explains that Allah does not like bad words except those spoken by people who are wronged. In other words, Islam strictly forbids bad words spoken to curse, insult, and other vices.

Hadith about Bad Words

There are many hadiths about bad words. Of course, I'm not going to explain it all today. Now I will only explain two hadiths.

As for the two hadiths about bad words that I mean are as follows:

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ  عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ ؛ مَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ فَلْيَقُلْ خَيْرًا أَوْ لِيَسْكُتْ 

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, from the Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam, he said, “Whoever believes in Allah and Last Day (Day of Judgment), then he must say good or better he is silent.”

The above hadith explains that if a person who believes in Allah and the Last Day cannot speak good words, then it is better for him to remain silent. In other words, he was forbidden from saying bad words.

عَنْ أَبِيْ مُوْسَى رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ ؛ قُلْتُ ؛ يَا رَسُوْلَ اللهِ ، أَيُّ الْمُسْلِمِيْنَ أَفْضَلُ ؟ قَالَ ؛ مَنْ سَلِمَ الْمُسْلِمُوْنَ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ وَيَدِهِ 

From Abu Musa radliyallahu, he said, “I once said, “O Messenger of Allah, who are the most important Muslims?” He replied, “The person who is the other Muslim has survived his tongue and his hand.”

The hadith above explains that a good Muslim is a Muslim who does not hurt others with his words and actions. In other words, in the context of this discussion, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihi wa sallam forbade Muslims and all people to say bad words.

Now, why are bad words forbidden in Islam?

There are three main reasons why bad words are forbidden in Islam:

  • Bad words can hurt the person in question.
  • There are verses in the Quran that specifically prohibit someone from saying bad words.
  • There are many hadiths that oblige Muslims to say good words and prohibit them from saying bad words.

Is Hearing Bad Words Forbidden in Islam?

Hi! Are you still with me? Now I will explain the answer to one important question about bad words which are not well understood by some Muslims. I'm pretty sure you don't want to be like them. So, read the explanation below carefully.

In short, I want to say that if you read some Islamic literature, you will not find an explanation about the prohibition of hearing bad words. In general, some Islamic experts advise Muslims not to hear bad words because it can have a negative influence on their souls: bad words can be their "motivation" to do bad things. In other words, the advice not to hear bad words is anticipation.

But, in some cases, one must hear bad words if they are done for some definite good, like a judge doing his job. It was highly unlikely that he could do his job well if he didn't hear the information from the two parties who were disputing in court.

Now, is hearing bad words forbidden in Islam? The answer is as follows:

  • If hearing bad words does not do you or others any good, then it should not be done in anticipation.
  • If hearing bad words gives good to you or someone else, then that's okay to do. In fact, in some cases, it has to be done as I previously described.

Does Hearing Bad Words Break Wudu?

Now I will explain the answers to the questions that are the main topic of this discussion. I really hope you read the explanation below very well so that you don't have any other questions about it in your mind after reading this article—if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to write them down in the comments (I'm very happy to be able to dialogue with you).

Before I explain the answers to these questions, it's good if you understand the things that can break wudu. That will help you understand the main topic in this discussion very well.

What Things Will Break Wudu?

By the way, what are the things that will break wudu? In several previous articles, I have explained it all. So, I will not repeat the explanation about it all in this article. Now, I'll explain it all briefly.

In short, there are five things that can break wudu:

  • Something that comes out of two private holes: the front hole (القُبُلُ) and the back hole (الدُّبُرُ).
  • Loss of consciousness due to sleep, madness, and so on.
  • If the skin of a man and a woman who is not a mahram touches without a barrier.
  • Touching other people's vital organs (front or back) using the palm of the hand or the inside of the finger.
  • Vomiting and nosebleeds.

Hi! Are you still with me? Did you see the phrase "hearing bad words" in the list of five things that can break wudu as I explained above? Of course not.

So, if someone asks you, “Does hearing bad words break wudu?”, the answer will be “No. Hearing bad words does not break wudu."

You have a question? Please write in the comment column!

Akhmad Syafiuddin
Akhmad Syafiuddin Muslim. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.

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