A man suffers from urinary incontinence

Q: Three years ago, I suffered from a malignancy in the prostate gland and I had to undergo an operation. Another year later, I suffered from urinary incontinence. Now I cannot control the discharge of urine which made me use a nylon sack. However, urine often leaks out while I am standing in Salah and I do not feel it. I have traveled to London, then to America, and finally to Germany but I cannot find a cure for my case. (Part No. 5; Page No. 409) I am keen on offering prayer in congregation. I ask your Eminence to guide me as to what I should do with regard to Salah. Besides, what shall I do if I want to go to Makkah to perform ‘Umrah (lesser pilgrimage). May Allah reward you with abundant good.


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If the situation is as you mentioned, there is nothing wrong with your Salah and doing Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah) even if some urine comes out of you, so long as it is dripping continuously, because you come under the same ruling as urinary incontinence patients. So you have to perform Istinja’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) when the time for every Salah comes, then make Wudu’ (ablution) for Salah, after which it will not matter what comes out of you until the due time for the next Salah comes.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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