Monday 9 Shawwal 1441 - 1 June 2020
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She has Covid-19 and is in quarantine, and she cannot do ghusl following her menses or find any earth (for tayammum)

Question

I have Covid 19 (coronavirus) and am currently in a quarantine hospital in Russia. I want to purify myself after my menses and pray, but I cannot use cold water or take a bath. What makes matters worse is that there is no earth for tayammum, and I am in a shared room and cannot perform the prayer. Can I pray when I am in my bed? Please advise me, may Allah reward you with good. I hope that you will pray for healing for me.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

Firstly:

We ask Allah to heal you and grant you well-being.

If doing ghusl with cold water or hot water will make your sickness worse or delay your recovery, it is permissible for you to turn to the option of tayammum. You can bring some earth from outside the hospital in a bag and the like, or you can do tayammum by putting your hands on the wall or the carpet, if there is any dust on it.

The same applies to doing wudoo’; if using water for it will harm you, you may turn to the option of tayammum.

Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said: Because Islamic teachings are based on making things easy, Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has made it easier for those who have excuses to do their acts of worship, according to the situation, so that they can worship Him, may He be exalted, without hardship or difficulty. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning:

“[Allah] has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty

[al-Hajj 22:78]

Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship

[al-Baqarah 2:185]

So fear Allah as much as you are able

[at-Taghaabun 64:16].

And the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “If I instruct you to do something, then do as much of it as you can.” And he said: “Religion is easy.”

If a sick person is not able to purify himself with water, by doing wudoo’ in the event of minor impurity or doing ghusl in the event of major impurity, because he is unable to do that or if he is afraid that it will exacerbate his sickness or delay his recovery, then he should do tayammum. This is done by striking the hands once on clean earth, then wiping his face with his palms and wiping the hands up to the wrists, because Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning):

And if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and find no water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and your hands [with it]

[an-Nisaa’ 4:43].

If someone is unable to use water, he comes under the same ruling as one who cannot find any water, because Allah, may He be glorified, says (interpretation of the meaning):

So fear Allah as much as you are able

[at-Taghaabun 64:16].

And the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “If I instruct you to do something, then do as much of it as you can.”

End quote from al-Fataawa al-Muta‘alliqah bi’t-Tibb wa Ahkaam al-Marda, p. 26.

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: If a sick person cannot find earth, can he do tayammum (by striking his hands) on the wall or the bed – or not?

He replied: The wall is regarded as being of clean earth. If the wall is built of earth, whether it is stones or mud – bricks of clay – then it is permissible to do tayammum (by striking his hands) on it.

But if the wall is covered with wood or paint, if there is dust on it, then he may do tayammum (by striking his hands) on it, and there is nothing wrong with that; he will be like one who does tayammum (by striking his hands) on the ground, because dust is of the same substance as the earth.

But if there is no dust on it, then it does not come under the heading of earth, so he cannot do tayammum (by striking his hands) on it.

With regard to the bed, we say: if there is dust on it, he may do tayammum (by striking his hands) on it, otherwise he cannot do tayammum (by striking his hands) on it, because it does not come under the heading of earth.

End quote from Fataawa at-Tahaarah (p. 240).

Secondly:

You have to offer the prayer with all its essential parts, namely standing, bowing, prostrating and sitting, even if you are in a shared room and even if there are men in the room. It is not valid to pray omitting any of the essential parts of the prayer with no excuse.

The fact that men are present or can see the woman is not an excuse for not doing all the essential parts of the prayer. The woman can wear loose and concealing garments, as they do when they go out to a place in which there are non-mahram men and pray there.

The scholars of the Permanent Committee for Ifta’ were asked: How should a woman pray if there are non-mahram men with her, such as in al-Masjid al-Haraam? Similarly, when travelling, if there is no mosque en route with a prayer space for women?

They replied: The woman must cover her entire body when praying, except the face and hands.

But if she prays when there are non-mahram men nearby who can see her, then she must cover all of her body, including the face and hands.

End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah (7/339).

We ask Allah to accept it from you, and to heal you and grant you well-being.

And Allah knows best.

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