Abu Dawud Book 1, Hadith Number 229.

Chapter : A person who is sexually defiled is permitted to eat anything before washing.

Narated By Ali ibn Abu Talib : Abdullah ibn Salamah said: I, accompanied by other two persons, one from us and the other from Banu Asad, called upon Ali. He sent them to a certain territory (on some mission) saying: You are sturdy and vigorous people; hence display your power for religion. He then stood and entered the toilet. He then came out and called for water and took a handful of it. Then he wiped (his hands) with it and began to recite the Qur’an. They were surprised at this (action).

Thereupon he said: The Apostle of Allah (PBUH) came out from the privy and taught us the Qur’an and took meat with us. Nothing prevented him; or the narrator said: Nothing prevented him from (reciting) the Qur’an except sexual defilement.

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