Thinks That Some Impurity Got Onto Her Clothes; Are Her
Hajj And Prayer Invalidated By That?
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I had been to hajj When I was 6 months pregnant
and once went to the toilet and feel that my clothes
got dirty.But I didnt change as it was difficult in
Mina and also because I had take water and wiped my
clothes of.But I am still not sure if i was clean
enough.Will my hajj be complete? or do i need to do
Praise be to Allaah.
The impurity that got onto your clothes does not
affect the validity of Hajj in sha Allah, because the
essential parts of Hajj without which it is not
complete are four: ihraam, which is the intention to
do Hajj; Tawaaf al-Ifaadah; saa‘i between al-Safa and
al-Marwah; and the standing in ‘Arafah. In the case of
these four essential parts, it is not stipulated that
one's garment should be clean and pure, apart from
what some scholars mentioned with regard to tawaaf,
and that only applies in the case of one who is
certain that there is some impurity (najaasah) on his
body or garment. But in the case of any uncertainty,
tawaaf is valid.
The Muslim does not have to change his clothes in the
event that any impurity gets on to them. It is
sufficient for him to remove that impurity with
whatever means are available to him. And he should
remember that the Shaytaan may open the door to
waswasah (whispers) which may have no end, so he may
whisper to him that the impurity has not been removed
and that the garment has not been purified, hence his
prayer is not valid, and so on, to fill him with
worry, distress and anxiety until his entire life is
Islam seeks to prevent this from happening to the
Muslim in the first place, so it instructs him to
dispel doubt and not pay any attention to it.
It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Zayd that a man
complained to the Messenger of Allah (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) that he thought that
something had happened when he was praying, and he
said: "Do not stop until you hear a sound or notice a
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (137) and Muslim (361).
This hadeeth is the basis for the principle that
"certainty is not dispelled except by an equal
certainty." The basic principle with regard to one who
is praying is that he is taahir (pure) and should not
stop praying unless he is certain that his wudoo' is
The same applies in the case of the sister who asked
the question: the basic principle with regard to her
garment is that it was still pure (taahir), because
she was not certain that there was any impurity on it.
She says, "I feel that my clothes got dirty." In that
case, she is not certain that there was any impurity
on her clothes.
Based on that, if the Muslim is certain that there is
any impurity on his body or garment, what he has to do
is remove it, and it is not permissible for him to
pray in that garment before he removes the impurity.
If he is uncertain as to whether there is any
impurity, then he should not pay any attention to it,
because the basic principle is that there is no
impurity and he does not have to do anything further
if he prayed or circumambulated the Ka‘bah when this
was the case.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allah
have mercy on him) said:
Islam – praise be to Allah – is complete in all
aspects and is suited to the nature of man as Allah
created him. It is a religion of ease and in fact came
to keep man away from confusion, whispers and thoughts
for which there is no basis. Based on that, the basic
principle with regard to the individual and his
garments is that they are pure, unless there is
certainty that there is any impurity on his body or
garments. This basic principle is attested to in the
words of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) when a man complained to him that he thought
that he found something whilst praying – referring to
minor impurity. The Prophet (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) said: "Do not stop until you hear a
sound or notice a smell.". So the basic principle is
that things remain as they are.
With regard to clothes that people wear when entering
bathrooms and relieving themselves – as mentioned in
question – if they get damp, who can be certain that
this dampness is caused by an impurity such as urine
or water tainted with stools and the like? If we are
not certain about that, then the basic principle is
that things remain pure (taahir). It is true that he
may think it most likely the case that it has been
contaminated with something impure, but so long as we
are not certain of that, then the basic principle is
that it remains pure.
So in answer to this question, we say: if they are not
certain that their garments have got anything impure
on them, then the basic principle is that they remain
pure and they do not have to wash their garments. They
can pray in them with no problem. And Allah knows
best. End quote.
Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (11/question number 23)
And Allah knows best.