Is My Wudu Valid Despite Having Urine Drops on My Underwear?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

In my office there is nowhere to do wudu. I can go to the mosque at lunchtime but I use the toilet before at work, as I cannot hold it in and wait to go to the mosque. When I use the office toilets, I wait until as much drops of urine is finished, but there is always a slight stain afterwards on my underwear. Will my wudu be valid when I go to the mosque at lunchtime to pray?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

1. Your ritual ablution is valid because you can be reasonably certain that any potential drops of urine would have ceased by the time you reach the mosque. But it is important not to fall into misgivings regarding this matter.

2. Small amounts of major filth (approximately 5cm in diameter) are excusable when you aren’t able to do anything about it. Hence a small stain on your undergarments won’t affect the validity of your prayer.

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.