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How Do I Pray When Liquid Constantly Leaks from My Private Parts?

Answered by Tabraze Azam

Question: Asalamualikum.
What is the ruling on someone who has seminal fluid or a sticky watery liquid coming out of private part almost all the time? Is this person considered mazur? I’m worried because I pray 5 times and it’s becoming difficult to concentrate. Please help me brother, I  have heard a person who has urine drops coming out continuously is considered mazur, but what about my situation? Please help as soon as possible.

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

One would legally be considered an excused person (ma`dhur) if a whole prayer time passed and one did not find enough time to perform a minimal ritual ablution (wudu) and a quick prayer.

This is, nevertheless, without falling prey to satanic misgivings. Take refuge in Allah from the devil and remember the legal maxim: Certainty is not lifted by doubt. The answer to, “Did something come out?” is: No.

Taking the Means and the Excused Person

If it is established that one is, in fact, an excused person (ma`dhur), the manifestation of the excuse, once, in the following prayer time is sufficient for one to be considered an excused person (ma`dhur). If an entire prayer time passes without the manifestation of the excuse, one is no longer considered an excused person (ma`dhur).

It remains necessary, however, to take all reasonable means to stop that which makes one unable to retain one’s ritual ablution (wudu). Therefore, if it is possible to pray sitting, on the floor, such that the excuse does not occur, one must pray sitting; and one would not be considered an excused person (ma`dhur). [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

A Note on Misgivings

We have a number of important legal principles. Amongst them is that certainty is not lifted by doubt. Moreover, mere doubts and suppositions are of no legal consequence. Therefore, one’s feeling, or sensation, of secreting something is of no consequence. Don’t constantly check your under garments. Perform the ritual ablution (wudu), once, and pray.

“Verily this religion is ease; and none make this religion difficult except that it overwhelms them.” [Bukhari]

Please see the following resources for further information:

[1] The Fiqh of Chronic Excuses and Ablution

[2] How Can I Maintain Purity When I Have a Bladder That Constantly Leaks?

[3] What Can I Do About Satanic Whisperings That Plague Me and Even Make Me Want to Abandon My Salat?

Rejoicing in Allah

Don’t let such matters of purification distract you from their purpose: becoming closer to Allah through prayer, recitation and supplication. The early righteous were too busy worshiping their Lord to be busied, and concerned, by such, and other, nullifiers of the ritual ablution (wudu). Think calmly and clearly about the situation; learn the rulings; apply them, and show gratitude to Allah.

Abu Yahya Suhayb ibn Sinan said, “The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, ‘What an extraordinary thing the business of the believer is! All of it is good for him. And that only applies to the believer. If good fortune is his lot, he is grateful and it is good for him. If something harmful happens to him, he is steadfast and that is good for him too.’” [Muslim]

“Say: ’In the bounty of God, and His mercy — in that let them rejoice; it is better than that they amass.” [10:58]

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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