How to Deal With Urine Incontinence?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


I wanted to know the ruling regarding urine incontinence of one who is not a madhur. Two hours after urinating, if I were to stick a small piece of tissue afterward to cover it for about at least 30 minutes and then remove it, there is usually enough time for wudu and salat. Is what I am doing alright? Should I observe whether urine has come out or not?

In the past, when I would be certain about it, it wasn’t there, and vice-versa. What would be the ruling regarding going or being outside during salat time? Also, I tend to put tape on my private part to ensure that urine won’t touch my clothes if urine comes out. What if it were, not like tissue, cover it? Do I have to repeat salat and wudu?


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

If one is not excused, one has to follow the rulings for the regular believers in regard to purity and prayer. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

If urine appears at the point of exit, your wudu is broken. If a circle of more than 5 centimeters in diameter of urine affects your clothes, they are deemed impure, and it is not valid to pray with them.

You are right in trying to minimize as best as you can the exiting of filth from your body. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]


Nonetheless, you should be careful not to harm yourself in the process and consult a doctor for your incontinence issues.

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Every disease has a cure. If the right medicine is found for a disease, the disease will be cured with the permission of Allah, Most High.” [Muslim]

And Allah knows best.
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found. Then, he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor, Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha’ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others. He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.