covering the mouth and nose in salaat

The goal of Salah is to perform it in the manner of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, i.e. ‘perform Salah as you see me performing Salah.’
(a) Hadhrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prohibited sadal (leaving clothing loosely hanging from body) in Salah and that a man covers his mouth (Abu Dawood).
(b) Hadhrat Abu Hurairah Radiallahu Anhu reports that Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam prohibited that a man covers his mouth in Salah (Ibn Majah).
(c) Imam Malik Rahmatullahi Alayh reports from Abdur Rahman bin Mujabbar that he used to see Hadhrat Saalim bin Abdillah, who, whenever he saw a man with his mouth covered whilst in Salah, he would yank the cloth from his mouth with a firm jerk, until he removed it from his mouth. (Muwatta Maalik).
(d) Imam Muhammad says: ‘Abu Hanifah reports from Hammaad who reports from Ebrahim, who said: ‘There is no harm if a man covers his head in Salah, i.e. with a sheet or cloth over his topi, as long as he does not cover his mouth. It is makrooh (haraam) to cover his mouth in Salah.’
Imam Muhammad further states: ‘From this we deduce that it is makrooh (haraam) also for a person to cover his nose. This is the view of Abu Hanifah Radiallahu Anhu.’ (Aathaar Muhammad bin Hasan)
(e) Thaqafi Narrates from Muhammad that he used to dislike (i.e. regard it as haraam) that a man covers his mouth whilst performing Salah (Musannaf ibn Abi Shaibah).
In addition to these narrations the fuqaha have explicitly prohibited covering the mouth in Salah with a cloth (mask) because this is emulation of the majoos (fire worshippers). The fear of potential infection does not constitute Shar’i necessity, particularly when the medical fraternity is divided as to the usefulness of masks in combating infection. On the one hand we have the divided conjecture of the scientists and on the other there is the absolute ruling of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam. How can we call ourselves Muslim when we opt for the conjecture of the disbelievers over the explicit command of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam?

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