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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

What about the case of one who is
traveling by plane on a long trip and
encounters janaba, and is not able
to perform ghusl, and there is
nothing on the plane that allows
him to perform tayammum. If one
waits until reaching the final
destination, the time for salaat
would be over (i.e., salaat that is
not combinable with another salaat
like fajr, or the time for combining
the two salaat like dhuhr and asr
would be over), since one may start
travel before fajr and not arrive
until after sunrise, or start travel
before dhuhr and not arrive until
after maghrib. So what should one


If we assume that he can not make
ghusl on the airplane, then this is a
case known to scholars of fiqh as
the case of the one faqid al-
tahoorain "missing the two
purifications" (i.e. water for wudu'
and soil for tayammum), and their
sayings in this matter differ. Imam
Ahmad and the majority of
narrators say that the person
should pray in his impurity, since
this is what is within his capability
and ability, and that Allah does not
burden a soul more than it can
bear. The evidence in this situation
is what Imam Muslim narrated in
his authentic collection of hadith
that the Prophet (peace be upon
him) sent some people to search for
a necklace that Aa'isha had lost,
during which the time for prayer
had entered, so they prayed without
wudu' (due to the absence of
water). Afterwards they went to the
Prophet (peace be upon him) and
mentioned this situation to him.
The verse allowing tayammum was
then revealed. 1 The Prophet (peace
be upon him) did not disapprove
their action and did not command
them to repeat the prayer. A similar
situation can happen to patients
that cannot move their limbs
completely (a paralyzed person who
has no one to assist him) or
prisoners in some cases of being
tied-up or hung-up. The intention is
one's prayer should performed and
not delayed from its prescribed time
depending on his situation and one
is not required to repeat it. This is
the most appropriate, as Allah did
not burden us with religion.
From the book What Should You Do
in the Following Situations... ?
1 Sahih Muslim 367


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