Q: I suffer
from urinary incontinence and
my body and clothes are soiled with urine which often stinks. I asked Shaykh 'Abdul-'Aziz ibn Baz (may Allah be merciful to him) about this issue and he told me that it is permissible for me to abandon congregational Salah (Prayer). (Part No. 4; Page No. 251) Since I take a bath for every Salah, I have built a bathroom attached to my bedroom to shorten the time I would take between Wudu' (ablution) and Salah. I feel great sorrow because I cannot perform congregational Salah in the Masjid (mosque), especially that I am one of the people who call to Islam and have participated in Jihad (striving in the Cause of Allah). Is there a way out of this problem? My family and neighbors consider me a pious person and they wonder why I do not join them in the congregational Salah. It is noteworthy that I wear an adult diaper during Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer. But it is hard, practically and financially, to use it for every Salah. All attempts I made to seek treatment for this disease were of no avail. Please advise and make Du`a' (supplication) for me at midnight or at other blessed times to be given relief from my distress. May Allah protect and reward you the best for benefiting the Muslims. Amen.
Since your case is as you mentioned, there is no blame placed on you for abandoning the congregational Salah. Allah will reward you as much as you care and according to your intentions. You have to be patient with this distress and hope for the reward from Allah. So expect good outcomes and reward from Allah (Exalted be He). There is nothing wrong with telling your friends and neighbors about your problem to excuse you for not attending the congregational Salah, so that they will not think badly of you. We ask Allah to cure (Part No. 4; Page No. 252) and reward you. Indeed, He is the Most Generous and Bountiful.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.