Urine drops (salah ruling)

Fatwa ID: 02723

Answered by: Moulana Imran Mughal

Question:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!

After urinating, I need to walk with a tissue wrapped around my private parts to get the last drop out. The droplets are not continuous and I am therefore not mazoor. After this procedure, I am satisfied that I am clean.

Is it permissible for such a person to lead salah as an imam with this slight weakness?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Answer:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh,

If the urination continues such that it encompasses an area of more than a dirham (2.75 cm in diameter) or more then the person will have to pass water over the area until it is removed.[1]

There are a few methods by which a person can ease his heart to know that the urine does not continuously flow, even if only by a few drops.

Firstly, if someone has doubts whether drops of urine are still coming out then he should completely ignore those doubts, unless he sees that is what’s happening. The principle in Usul al-Fiqh “Certainty is not faulted by doubt” is applied here.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) has provided a solution to disregard these doubts. Hakam bin Sufyaan (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that he saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) make wudhu then he took some water in his palm and sprinkled it around his private parts.[2]

This is regarded as “Waswasah” (whispers) from Satan and can also be hindered by reciting “Ta’awwuz.”

There are also other ways one can adopt in doing “Istibraa” (completely cleaning oneself from urine). The person can cough, stand up and sit back down whilst a tissue is placed to ensure urine does not go anywhere else, he can gently squeeze the private parts or simply wait a little longer until all the drops of urine have come out.

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Moulana Imran Mughal

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 


[1]Ibn Abidin, Raddul MuhtaarAladDurrilMukhtaar, (Daru Alamil Kutub), 1:550.

[2] Ibn Majah, Sunan Ibn Majah (Riyadh: Dar al-Salam, 1999), Hadith 461.

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