It is common in our society for people to laugh at someone who passes wind. However, in Islam it is not allowed to do so. I wanted to share this benefit to correct this practice:

Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullah said:

“Then he [Imam Nawawi rahimahullah] speaks of another issue and it is laughing at the passing of wind. That is: if a person passes wind and it [comes out with] a sound. So he (ﷺ) said admonishing them about that:

‎لم يضحك أحدكم مما يفعل

Why should anybody laugh at what he himself does?”

[Bukhari no. 4942]

Do you not pass wind like how this man passes wind? Of course. If it is like that, then why do you laugh? So a person only laughs about something he is amazed about and that he does not fall into himself. As for something that he falls into himself, then it is not necessary to laugh at. So like this, the Prophet (ﷺ) criticized them for laughing at passing wind because this is something that occur with them. It is a custom of many people.

Many people in some customs do not bother in passing wind next to his brother and they do not feel shame about that. They think that it is like a type of sneezing or coughing or the likes of that. However, in some customs they detest this. However, you laughing and embarrassing your companion [due to it], then it is something that is not necessary”

[Sharh Riyaadh as-Saliheen (3/119-220)]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan