Thursday 19 Muḥarram 1446 - 25 July 2024
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Do a Few Drops of Urine Break Wudu?

Question

I have a slight enlargement of my prostate gland. Sometimes after passing urine, and waiting for long, few drops of urine come out when you get up. With that, I feel awkward to go for Salah. I don't have any provision for taking bath or changing clothes. So miss many Salah in a day. Is there any way by which I can continue my prayer, without doing Qada.

Summary of answer

If you pass urine or drops of urine, this does not mean that you have to do ghusl. What you have to do is to make wudu and wash only the parts of the body and clothing soiled by urine. If the occasional emission of a few drops of urine is beyond your control, then the rules of urinary incontinence apply.

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

If you pass urine or drops of urine, this does not mean that you have to do ghusl; what you have to do is make wudu and wash only the parts of the body and clothing (on which the urine has fallen).

If the situation you describe, the occasional emission of a few drops of urine, is beyond your control, then your case is like that of one who is incontinent , so do the following:

  • Wash the private parts with water.
  • Wash the part of your clothes that the urine has gotten onto (there is no need to change your clothes).
  • Put a pad or a piece of cotton, or something similar, over the private parts so that the urine will not spread.
  • Do wudu for each prayer , then pray as you are, and pray as much as you like, fard and nafl, with this wudu. After doing this, anything else that comes out does not matter. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can…” [al-Taghabun 64:16]. Do not miss any prayers or delay doing them on time, and your prayer will be valid.

This is what should be done in the case of incontinence , but if the urine comes out shortly after urinating, then it stops, in this case you can go to the bathroom fifteen minutes before the prayer or the adhan (for example), then put something (a cloth, etc.) to prevent contamination after you do istinja (cleaning yourself after relieving yourself), do wudu and pray. 

For more, please see this category: Nullifiers of Wudu.

And Allah knows best.

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Source: Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid