Must I Renew My Wudu, as Someone Excused Due to Urine Incontinence If I Live in an Area without an Actual Isha Time?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


Must I renew my wudu, as someone excused due to urine incontinence after the Isha time enters in the summer months in an area that does not have an actual Isha time?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

An excused person’s wudu breaks when each obligatory prayer time exits, as long as there is some presence of their excuse during that prayer time window. Thus, the wudu they performed for Maghrib prayer would break when Maghrib time exits, signifying the entrance of the Isha prayer. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

In countries with no actual Isha prayer time, like countries in the Northern latitudes, the best approach is to calculate the Isha prayer time according to the nearest country/city with all five prayer times. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

When you have made this calculation, the determined Isha time is the time that all related rulings will be based on, such as breaking the excused person’s wudu.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.