As a Hanafi Can I Have Recourse to Some Maliki Dispensations?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

1. I have a gastrointestinal disease that causes me problems in the evening during Isha time and through Fajr. The problem during these times is very bad and I cannot perform prayer without making wudu multiple times. Since the problem does not occur during the day I do not think I am considered chronically excused as per the Hanafi madhab. Would it be possible to follow the Maliki rulings on excuses in this case?

2. I often have a hard time performing prayer since it is almost impossible to avoid my parents dog’s spit coming on my clothes or skin. Could I follow the Maliki ruling in this situation? How to do this?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

(1) You should take all reasonable means to prevent the excuse from happening, even by praying sitting down, for instance, if the excuse happens whilst standing, or praying with head movements. Moreover, you should ignore all misgivings, feelings and sensations, and only act on the basis of reasonable surety and when you are sure that your ablution (wudu) has been invalidated. I’d recommend getting in touch with a local scholar in order to discuss your problem in more detail. [see: The Fiqh of Chronic Excuses and Ablution]

(2) Please see: Can I Pray in Clothes that Were Licked by a Dog?

And see also: A Menstruating Woman Reciting the Qur’an: The Maliki Position, Sticking to One School, and the Path of Taqwa and: Frequent Rectal Discharges: Is There Any Dispensation Regarding Maintaining Ritual Purity? [Maliki School] and:

The sunna way of praying when injured or unable to stand – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani