How Can I Perform Tawaf if I Suffer From Flatulence?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


If a person has chronic flatulence such that they can find enough time to do ablution and pray (approximately 10/15 minutes) but then their ablution breaks. I understand the person is not considered excused (ma‘dhur) due to being able to find enough time to perform ablution and pray, but what would this person do regarding Umra and, more specifically, the Tawaf? Due to old age, they would only possibly get to the end of one circuit before their ablution would break, so what this person should do (as otherwise it would mean having to go and do ablution for each circuit and sometimes possibly twice for a single circuit thus leading to a very long Tawaf that the person would not be able to complete).


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

It would be advisable for you to wear waterproof socks that are comfortable and permissible. This way, you will only need to wash your face and arms, wipe your head, and locate the nearest wudu area points before starting your tawaf in case you break your wudu.

[Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Tahtawi, Hashiya al-Tahtawi ‘ala Maraqi al-Falah]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.