Performing Tayammum if water is available

Q: We live among our relatives who are nomads. We noticed that they perform Tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth) instead of using water without any excuses. What is the ruling in this case?

A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is not permissible to perform Tayammum as long as water is available and one can use it. (Part No. 5; Page No. 348) Performing Tayammum in this case cannot take the place of Wudu’ (ablution) or Ghusl (ritual bath).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.