Should I Make Sure to Get Rid of Urine Drops Before Getting to Sleep?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

1. After urinating, I wipe myself once and wait about 5 minutes and I have to wipe again, as another drop follows. During the night I am unable to wait for 5 minutes and wipe the second time after 5 minutes because I cannot fall back asleep again easily. Is it permissible for me to only wipe the first time and to go to bed without waiting to wipe the second time?

2. After I make tayammum for Asr, is it permissible for me to pray a Nafl prayer before Asr, with one tayammum? Or, do I have to make another tayammum for Asr?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

1. It is generally from the sunna to maintain cleanliness and purity. But there is no expectation to “wait” for urine drops if you are returning to bed, except if you are reasonably sure that they will make one’s person filthy.

2. It is permissible to pray multiple prayers with a single dry ablution (tayammum). Yet, note that the dry ablution is only permissible in the case of a valid and permitting excuse. Otherwise, the prayer would be invalid.

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.

[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.

Is My Witr Prayer Made With Tayammum Valid? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I prayed the witr prayer outside with tayammum after forgetting about it. My house was a few minutes away but I didn’t want to delay the witr prayer. I asked someone for the qibla direction without knowing his religion.

Did I do something wrong?

Answer: Asslam ‘alaykum. Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for your eagerness to make up your sunna prayers as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, your makeup of the Witr prayer would be invalid, for a couple of reasons. While it is generally recommended to make up prayers as soon as one is able, one does not have to pray it in the exact place that one remembers it was missed. The ruling takes into account that one may have to go home and make wudu etc.

Making up prayers and the Witr prayer

Obligatory prayers that are missed for a reason, such as forgetting, must be made up and one should do so as soon as possible, but one is not obliged to make them immediately. Obligatory prayers that were missed without a valid excuse, such as when one neglects prayers, must be made up immediately. Immediately means as soon as one is able to outside of the time needed for one’s daily needs such as work, eating, sleep etc., and includes once the person has a chance to get home and make purification.

The Witr prayer in the Shafi’i school is an emphasised sunna, which means if one did not pray it, even intentionally, then there is no sin, and it is not obligatory to make the prayer up, though it is highly recommended. In the Hanafi school however, the Witr prayer is Wajib (necessary) and therefore must be made up if missed for any reason.

Facing the Qibla and Tayammum

Your make up prayer of Witr would have been invalid for the following reason:

1. If one is unsure of the Qibla, one must ask an (outwardly) reliable, upright Muslim. It does not suffice to ask a Muslim who is obviously not upright (according to the reliable opinion of the Shafi’i school), nor a non-Muslim. As you were unsure if they were a Muslim or not, this would not have sufficed.

2. In order to be eligible for tayammum, one must go through a series of steps, which include looking for water. The fact that your house was only a few minutes away automatically excludes tayammum as an option for purification.

[Bushra al Karim]

In the future, simply go home, and make wudu, and then make up any prayers missed.

Please also refer to these answers:

Tayammum Archive

Lastly, I would encourage you take a course in basic fiqh according to one of the four legal schools. SeekersHub currently offer beginner courses in the Hanafi, Shafi’i and Maliki schools, which can be found on our Course Page.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

Can I Make a Tayamum on the Wedding Day to Not Ruin My Makeup? (Video)

Answered by Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said

Question: Assalam alaykum

I fear that I will not be able to keep my wudu throughout my wedding day to perform my prayers. As a bride it would mean having to remove my hijab and makeup to perform wudu which will take a lot of time. Can I perform a tayammum instead?

Answer:  Wa alaykum assalam,

Here is a video answer to this question by Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said:

Shaykh Faid Mohammed Said is one of the most prominent Islamic scholar based in the United Kingdom whose efforts include teaching and community outreach work. Besides holding regular classes on the Qur’an, Seerah and Fiqh, Shaykh Faid is a pioneer in pastoral work providing advice and counseling services for those who are in need especially new Muslims, women and the youth.

How Should I Achieve Ritual Purity When Going to the Bathroom Is Dangerous? [Shafi’i]

Answered by Shaykh Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila

Question: Assalamu alaykum

The ceiling directly above my bathtub is leaking and may collapse at any moment.

What should I do if I am in a state of major impurity in this case?

Answer: Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim

If the person person cannot find another (bath)room to use (family, friend, or neighbor’s house,etc.) to take the ritual bath to remove major ritual impurity before the time for the current obligatory prayer is over, they should perform tayammum and pray, making up the prayer(s) they performed with the tayammum when once they can perform the ritual bath.

It should be noted that tayammum is only valid for one obligatory prayer and it’s associated supererogatory prayers, and must only be performed once the time for the prayer has entered and the Qibla (prayer direction) in known.


[Shaykh] Salim Ahmad Mauladdawila

Can I Perform Tayamum Rather Than Wudu Because of My Cut?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:Assalam alaykum,

I suffered a serious cut to the index finger of my right hand and it currently has stitches. The doctor instructed me not to get it wet.

It is very akward and painful to make wudu like this. Can I perform tayyamum until the stitches are removed?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

May Allah Most High grant you a swift recovery.

The basic principle is that if you cannot wash the area, you need to wipe it. If you cannot wipe it, then you need to wipe most of the bandage covering the injured area. If this, too, will reasonably cause harm, you can leave washing the finger entirely.

Inability and harm is established by (1) past, relevant experience, (2) clear signs, or (3) the advice of a skilled, upright Muslim doctor.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah (1.195)]

Please also see: How Can I Pray When Unable to Stop the Bleeding of My Finger?

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Photo: John Leach

How To Achieve Ritual Purity With a Bandaged Face?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu’alaikum,

An 80 year old lady has had an eye operation and doctors have said that no water must go on or near the bandage covering the eye or even around the head. Can you please explain how she should do her wudu considering she cannot wash or even wipe her face or head with water?

Can she perform tayammum in place of wudu when she recovers considering her weakness and her past difficulty in using water due to feeling ill?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

If she cannot wash her eye and the surrounding area, it is excused, and she need not wash it.

However, she would wash the remainder of the limbs and complete the rest of the ablution (wudu) as normal.

As for whether or not she can perform the dry ablution (tayammum) due to feeling sick, you should consult a doctor and a local scholar to determine if she has sufficient excuse to be able to do so.

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani