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Salaah and OCD

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Q: I have been diagnosed with OCD – a mental health condition and I have had it for around 2 years. I have been a mental health patient in the UK for a long time as well and I am also on anti depression medication.

At one point in the past, it took me around 60 minutes to read a four unit fard zuhr prayer consisting of surah fatihah and surah Ikhlas. I have also had severe problems with wudu and ghusl.

Because my prayers are too long, I have not been able to get a job, or go to University. I don’t know if my illness will ever leave me and it has been destroying my chances of earning a halal income-which is wajib upon me.

Is it permissible for me with my illness at the time of need so that I can earn a halal income/ study/train to order to earn a halal income to miss:

the sunnah aspects of the prayer
sunnah prayers
sunnahs of wudu
sunnahs of ghusl

Otherwise I fear it with my health problem, life would be very difficult for me in the future.

A: If you are genuinely experiencing diffeculty in executing these ibaadaat then u could possibly leave  out  the sunnan aspects.

And Allah Knows Best

Aadiel Moosagie (Mufti)
Council of Ulama Eastern Cape
Tel/Whatsapp: +27 83 982 6968
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