How Does One Perform Istinja if One Suffers From Rectal Prolapse?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I think I may be suffering from rectal prolapse, I am not sure, but when I wash and squat for a long time, I feel these lumps at my anus like it is coming out a little. I don’t know if this is just my anus relaxing and it is normal or if it is indeed rectal prolapse, but what is the Islamic view on this? I would wipe the area to check for feces, but the tissue always came out clean if my anus slightly comes out, do I have to wash? Also, I only notice it when I wash, so do I have to check whether it sticks out throughout the day? I don’t know what to do about this, and I can’t find any answers. Please help me.


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 seems you are suffering from rectal prolapse, and your rectum has slid through your anus and formed a lump. You just need to ensure it is washed as normal after a bowel movement; even if it is sticking out, don’t worry.

Water, by its nature, can reach where it is intended. You are just having doubts. Don’t worry; remain assured, and just wash as normal.

Istinja for Women

A woman simply needs to wait for a little after urinating, and that’s it.

As for Istinja, which is cleaning the rear point of exit using water or toilet paper, there are no differences between men and women, even if she is in a state of menstruation. The duty is the same. It is sunna to remove the filth at the exit point as long as the area covered by filth is less than a circle with a diameter of 5 cm. Toilet paper is enough for this, but water is better and ensures thorough cleaning. If the filth crosses this circle, it is obligatory to remove it with water.

[Tahtawi, Hashiya al-Tahtawi ’ala Maraqi ‘l-Falah]

Just seek medical treatment and go through a medical procedure and therapy.

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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.