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I have a weak bladder and use the bathroom often. How do I complete my tawaf?

Question: I have a weak bladder and use the bathroom often. How do I complete my tawaf?

Answer:

Bismi Llahir Rahmanir Rahim

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuhu

According to the Hanafi madhhab, being in a state of purity (tahara) is mandatory (wajib) for all types of tawaf. This includes the obligatory hajj tawaf (al-ziyara), umra tawaf, tawaf al-sadr, tawaf al-qudum, and nafl tawaf.

The average time it takes to make tawaf is an hour. During the days of hajj, it may take longer. Thus, pilgrims should do whatever is needed to keep wudu’ for that duration, such as limiting their intake of liquids a few hours before starting the tawaf or adequately using the restroom before heading to the mosque.

Even though completing all seven rounds of the tawaf in continuity is sunna, it is permissible to take breaks when an excuse is present.

Therefore, if a person needs to use the bathroom during the tawaf, they can stop making the tawaf, leave the mosque to relieve themselves, perform wudu’, and return to the spot where they stopped making tawaf. From there, they continue to complete the remaining rounds of the tawaf.

If a person loses wudu’ and continues to perform the tawaf without ritual purity, a penalty is owed. The type of penalty will differ based on the type of tawaf and the number of rounds performed in a state of impurity. If the tawaf is repeated on complete purity before leaving Makkah, the penalty is dropped.

Jazak Allah khayran

Naielah Ackbarali

References:

  • Imam Ibn Abidin, رد المحتار
  • Imam Husayn ibn Muhammad Abdul Ghani, إرشـاد الـسـاري الى مـنـاسـك الـمـلاّ عـلـي الـقـاري

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Ustadha Naielah Ackbarali is the founder and CEO of Muslima Coaching. She is passionate about inspiring Muslim women by way of spreading the beauty of living an Islamic life. Ustadha Naielah is a trained strategic relationship coach, certified life coach, and a certified NLP Master Practitioner. Combined with her knowledge of the shariah sciences, coaching experience, and personal marriage of 15 years, she also offers faith-based marriage coaching and relationship advice.