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He Suffers From Urinary Incontinence And Intermittent Gas; How Can He Pray When His Break Time At Work Is Short?

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

right now I have two questions. I
suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel
Syndrome) and I also suffer from
urinary incontinence. The thing
about my IBS is that, the passing of
wind is sometimes continuous,
sometimes it is not continuous. It is
not predictable. Sometimes, I pass
wind every few minutes, sometimes
every 10 minutes or even 20
minutes, an hour etc. So, what
should I do regarding wudoo for
Jumu'ah. I make Ghusl at home
because that is same as doing
wudoo and I go to the mosque. I do
Ghusl before the time of Jumu'ah
begins, but not too long before, but
I don't think any wind comes out
after I do wudoo, do I have to still
wait for the time of Jumu'ah to
start to do wudoo? Also, at my
current work place, it's hard to get
a break to even pray. so how should
I go on about my urinary
incontinence and pray? Because, it
's not continuous. But, it takes
time to stop and it is very random.
Sometimes the urine stops maybe
after 10-15 minutes, sometimes it
takes 30-45 minutes, or longer. I do
not have that long time to wait at
my work. Can you please advise me
what should I do? Should I combine
prayers? Should I pray even if the
urine does not stop and just tie
something to the tip or the penis? I
am not sure what is more important
here, praying on time or waiting for
the urine to stop. Also, when I am
not working or at home or I do have
the time to wait 30-45 minutes, do I
have to wait 30-45 minutes for the
urine to stop?


Praise be to Allah.
In the case of urinary incontinence
and uncontrollable passing of gas,
there are two scenarios:
The first is where there is a time
during which the gas or urine
ceases, and this time is sufficient
for doing wudoo’ and praying. In
that case he must wait until this
time, then wash himself, do wudoo’
and pray.
It is not permissible for him to pray
before it stops, because by doing
that he is praying in an imperfect
state of purity when there is no
necessity for doing that.
The second scenario is when there is
no time during which the gas or
urine ceases; rather it is expected
that they will occur at any time. In
this case he should protect himself
from the urine by using a napkin or
piece of cloth so that the impurity
(najaasah) will not spread, and do
wudoo’ for prayer after the time for
the prayer has begun, and pray. It
will not matter if anything comes
out after doing wudoo’, even if that
happens whilst praying.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may
Allah have mercy on him) said:
If a person cannot maintain a state
of purity for the duration of the
prayer, then he may do wudoo’ and
pray, and it will not matter
whatever comes out of him whilst
praying, and his wudoo’ will not be
invalidated by that, according to the
consensus of the leading scholars.
The most that is required of him is
to do wudoo’ for each prayer.
End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa
See also the answers to questions
no. 39494 and 244009.
It is not permissible for him in this
case to do wudoo’ before the time
for the prayer begins, but the
scholars have granted a concession
in the case of Jumu‘ah prayer, when
he may do wudoo’ for it shortly
before the time begins, so that he
will be able to listen to the khutbah.
The Permanent Committee for Iftaa’
were asked about a man who
suffers from urinary incontinence,
and has to wait for some time after
urinating for leakage to cease; if he
waits until the incontinence ceases,
the prayer in congregation will have
ended. What is the ruling?
They replied: If he knows that the
incontinence (leakage) will end,
then it is not permissible for him to
pray whilst that is still ongoing,
seeking the virtue of joining the
congregational prayer. Rather he
must wait until it stops, then wash
himself after that, then do wudoo’
and pray, even if he misses the
prayer in congregation. He should
hasten to wash himself and do
wudoo’ after the time for the prayer
begins, in the hope that he will be
able to join the prayer in
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah
ad-Daa’imah (5/408).
It also says (5/452-453):
If your condition is as described,
and you are continually passing gas,
then you must do wudoo’ for each
prayer after the time for the prayer
has begun, and it will not matter
whatever comes out of you after
With regard to Jumu‘ah, you can do
wudoo’ for it before the khateeb
comes in, at a time that will enable
you to listen to the khutbah and
offer the prayer. End quote.
So long as you know that the
leakage of urine is not ongoing, you
must wait until it stops, then do
wudoo’ and pray.
Based on that, you should start to
get ready for the prayer
approximately one hour before the
time for it begins. So go to the
bathroom, and protect yourself from
urine, then when the time for
prayer has begun and the urine has
stopped, wash yourself and pray.
With regard to Friday, there is no
blame on you if you do wudoo’
shortly before the time for the
prayer begins, then go out to the
prayer so that you can listen to the
khutbah – as mentioned above.

It is permissible for the one who is
suffering from incontinence to
combine Zuhr and ‘Asr prayers, and
Maghrib and ‘Ishaa’, so as to make
things easier for him and to ward
off the hardship of having to do
wudoo’ and take measures to
protect himself from urine for every
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may
Allah have mercy on him) said:
Whenever a person is unable to do
any of the obligatory actions of
prayer, he is exempt from that. So
he should not delay the prayer until
the time for it has ended; rather he
should pray at the correct time
according to what he is able to do.
But according to most of the
scholars it is permissible for him to
combine two prayers when there is
an excuse for doing so, to the
extent that it is permissible for a
sick person, a woman suffering
from istihaadah [irregular, non-
menstrual bleeding], or anyone with
a valid excuse, to put prayers
together, according to the more
correct scholarly opinion.
End quote from Majmoo‘ al-Fataawa
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah
have mercy on him) said:
If someone is suffering from
urinary incontinence and it is
difficult for him to offer every
prayer on time, then he may put
prayers together, exactly as in the
case of the woman who is suffering
from istihaadah.
Moreover, we have a principle which
says: when it is too difficult for a
person not to put prayers together,
it is permissible for him to put them
End quote from Ta‘leeqaat Ibn
‘Uthaymeen ‘ala al-Kaafi (2/159).
Note: doing ghusl on Friday does
not take the place of wudoo’, so if
someone did not do wudoo’ at the
time of doing ghusl, it is not
permissible for him to pray with this
ghusl. This has been explained
previously in the answer to question
no. 99543.
And Allah knows best.


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