89888: After he cleans himself he feels something coming out of the back passage.


After I defecate, I feel something coming out of the back passage. Sometimes there is something and sometimes I do not find anything. My question is: do I have to check my wudoo’ for every prayer? What about the prayers I did in the past? Do I have to repeat them? Please note that I do not know how many they are.

Praise be to Allaah.

If a person relieves himself, cleans himself then does wudoo’, he is in a state of purity until he is certain that there is something that has invalidated his wudoo’. His wudoo’ does not become invalidated because of mere doubts, even if the doubt is so strong that he thinks it most likely. 

Based on this, merely feeling that something has come out of the back passage is not counted as invalidating wudoo’. You should also beware of waswasah (whispers from the shaytaan). So long as you have done instinja’ and cleaned the place properly, you do not have to check before praying. 

The prayers that you have offered do not have to be repeated, because you were in a state of purity and you were not certain that there was anything that would invalidate it. 

This principle is indicated by the report narrated by al-Bukhaari (137) and Muslim (361) from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Zayd (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said that a man complained to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that he imagined that he felt something when he was praying, and he said: “He should not stop, unless he hears a sound or notices a smell.” 

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: This hadeeth is one of the basic principles of Islam, and an important principle of fiqh, which is that things are assumed to remain as they are unless there is certainty that that has changed, and passing doubt does not affect that.  

Another issue related to this hadeeth is that if a person is certain that he purified himself and is uncertain that it has been invalidated, then the ruling is that he is still in a state of purity, and it makes no difference whether this doubt occurs during prayer or outside of prayer. This is our view and the view of the majority of scholars of the earlier and later generations. … Our companions said: With regard to doubt it makes no difference whether the two possibilities with regard to invalidation of purity are equal or not, or if one of them is more likely, or he thinks it most likely. He does not have to do wudoo’ in any case. End quote from Sharh Muslim

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked: When I urinate and do wudoo’ then pray, I feel that something is coming out of my penis, and when I check it I find that some urine has come out. What is the solution? 

He replied: Undoubtedly in His wisdom Allaah has made strong nerves that control urine and faeces so that nothing comes out. But these nerves may be affected by sickness so that they become weak, then urine comes out either continuously or occasionally. A person may himself be the cause of that, because there are some people who, when they finish urinating, squeeze the urethra to the end of the penis, so as to extract the urine, and there are some who keep squeezing until the last drop of urine comes out. This is a mistake, even though some fuqaha’ say that it is Sunnah to extract the last drop. This is a weak view, and in fact is bid’ah (innovation), as was stated by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) and as is obvious from the Sunnah, because there no report that the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) squeezed the urethra to the end of the penis, or that he squeezed it to extract the urine. But some people do that, either because they are following the opinion of the fuqaha’ who said that, or because they imagine that if they do not do that, there will be some urine left in the penis. But this is a mistake. If a person urinates and washes the tip of the penis only, that is sufficient and there is no need to squeeze it or shake it. Rather he should wash the tip of the penis where the urine has got onto it, and that is the end of the matter, even if the person has gotten used to doing this because of this sickness of which he himself is the cause. My advice to him is: if this happens to you, do not pay any attention to it, do not squeeze the penis, rather leave it as it is. When the last drop of urine has come out, he should wash the tip of the penis, and he may feel something in his penis but he does not have to look, because some people, when they feel something in the penis, they pull down their trousers and start squeezing the penis from the end. But if he squeezes it something will inevitably come out. Rather he should leave it and not pay any attention to it. Some of the scholars (may Allaah have mercy on them) said: In this case if he is affected by this waswaas, he should sprinkle some water on his trousers so that if he thinks or doubts he can assume it is this water. But we say: there is no need for that, and this is too much. Do not do that, and do not pay any attention to it, and it will go away in sha Allaah. If you feel some coolness at the tip of the penis or you feel something in the penis, do not go and look. Forget about it. End quote from al-Liqa’ al-Shahri

And Allaah knows best.

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