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If my clothes are impure and I can’t change them, should I miss salah or not?

If my clothes are impure and I can't change them, should I miss salah or not?

Is it permissible to pray in impure clothes out of necessity (such as the clothes on which urine has fallen), if one cannot change one’s clothes and will end up missing the salah?

Salah requires purity of one’s body, clothes and place of worship

The conditions of a valid salah are that one prays with clothes free from impurity, in a place that is free from impurity, in a state of purity (wudu).

Impure substances are urine, alcohol, faeces, animal faeces and blood. One should try to avoid having urine splash on ones’ clothes. However, if impure substances fall on one’s clothes, one should wash them off, particularly if they are urine. The Prophet (peace be on him) said:

Keep away from urine since most torment of the grave is due to not avoiding urine.” (Daruqutni)

Small amount of impurity

If the amount of impurity (e.g. urine) on the clothes is a small amount (the size of a 50p coin) and cannot be removed in time for the salah, then some scholars from the Shafi’i, Maliki and Hanafi Schools regard it permissible to pray in them.

Necessity

In the scenario where one’s clothes have become impure greater than a 50p coin, but one does not have the ability to wash or remove them, regardless of the quantity, and one will miss the salah, then one should pray the salah, and repeat it later when one can return to a state of purity.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim – 15th August 2022

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.