A man was in a state of Janabah

Q: A few days ago when I was about to perform Wudu' (ablution) for Maghrib (Sunset) Prayer I noticed that there is some Maniy (spermatic fluid) in my underpants. I performed Ghusl (full ritual bath) and offered Maghrib Prayer. But I do not know exactly when I had the wet dream whether before Fajr (Dawn) Prayer or during a nap. The point now is that I offered three Prayers: Fajr, Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer, and `Asr (Afternoon) while I was unknowingly in a state of Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge). Coincidentally, I led a group of people about 300 people in these prayers. What should I do? Should I make up for these three prayers? What is the ruling on the people who performed prayer behind me? Am I held accountable for being in a state of Janabah? I appreciate your guidance, may Allah guide you.


A: You must repeat the Zhuhr and `Asr Prayers after you perform Janabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) and you must hasten to do this. As to the people who offered these prayers behind you, they do not have to make up for them. `Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) (Part No. 6; Page No. 196) once led people in Fajr Prayer while he was unknowingly in a state of Janabah. Then he made up for Fajr Prayer and did not tell the people who prayed behind him to make up for that prayer. Those people who were led in prayer are excused as they did not know about your being in a state of Janabah. As for Fajr Prayer, you do not have to make up for it because Maniy may have been discharged during the nap. The basic ruling is that a person is not obliged to make up for a prayer unless they are certain of Hadath (ritual impurity that invalidates ablution).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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