Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

When I’m on the toilet I often urinate sideways so some urine goes on the part of my leg near my private parts. I first then wipe with toilet paper once then I pour water on my private parts and the part of leg surrounding that and I dry with toilet paper. However I am never sure what part of my leg the urine actually got on.I’m never sure of the validity of my prayers and cleanliness because I’m not sure if it’s waswas or if I’m being ignorant?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Your acts of purification and prayers are valid. If you get some urine on your person, simply pour some water over the area [no more than thrice] and wash it away. You can assume purity thereafter. Ignore misgivings and dwelling on matters of this nature.

Please also see: A Reader on Ritual Purity, Urine Leakage and Misgivings and: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

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