Q: A person
suffers from bed-wetting.
On waking up, he washes his body, from his navel to his feet. He then performs Wudu' (ablution) and offers Salah (Prayer). Is his Salah valid? We would be grateful if you could substantiate the answer with evidence. Sometimes, this person is late for the Salah or delays it when water is not available; what is your opinion on this point?
Any person who passes urine or any other discharge that nullifies Wudu' must perform Wudu' when they want to offer Salah. This is because Allah (Exalted be He) says:
O you who believe! When you intend to offer As-Salât (the prayer), wash your faces
Also, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Allah does not accept the Salah of any of you who become ritually impure, until you perform Wudu'.
Furthermore, he has to wash off any Najasah (ritual impurity) that has soiled his body or clothes before offering Salah, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded that any stains of menstrual blood be washed out. Allah (Exalted be He) also says:
And purify your garments!
If water is not available, they can perform Tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth) to offer Salah, and their Salah is valid as long as they are unable to obtain water. But if they can get water, even for money, they have to buy it and use it to perform Wudu', take Ghusl (full ritual bath), or remove Najasah. This is because Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says:
...and you find no water, then perform Tayammum with clean earth and rub therewith your faces and hands.
(Part No. 4; Page No. 192) Allah (Glorified be He) also says:
So keep your duty to Allâh and fear Him as much as you can
In addition, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to the person who was Junub (in a state of post-sexual ritual impurity) and could not find water:
Use clean earth (for Tayammum), for it will be sufficient for you.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.