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Ḥajj with Urine Leakage and Varicose Veins

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org
Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Questions:

In shā Allāh I would like to go for Ḥajj but there are some health concerns.

I sometimes have urine issues.  When waiting in line for the washroom it is extremely difficult to control the urine and some urination happens.  It is not a small amount. Lifting or sneezing causes leakage.  Usually during the day it is not a problem unless lifting is involved. How will this impact Ḥajj? What will have to be done if in awāf or at the Kaʿabah?

Also, because of varicose veins, the doctor has told me to wear support stockings all day to control swelling in the feet and legs.  Can they be worn during Ḥajj – they cover the entire foot.

Answers:

In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for contacting us regarding your questions. May the Almighty fulfill your intentions for Ḥajj.

If you are in a situation where the urine drops are too excessive that you are unable to perform wuḍū and keep it to fulfill the required devotional act without the droplets stopping, you would fall in the category of the excused. You will perform wuḍū and commence your ṭawāf or other Ḥajj related rituals. You will continue with the ṭawāf etc. despite the urine leakage without the need to redo your ablution. You are advised to wear a napkin or diaper type underwear with your iram.

Doing the above in your situation, you will gain the full rewards and also be regarded as one who has completed the Ḥajj. Wuḍū renewal would be required upon the entry of the next prayer timing. Meaning the excused person will only make one wuḍū for the duration of one prayer time.

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) instructed Fāṭimah bint Abī Ḥubaysh (may God be pleased with her) who was facing a similar situation, to make wuḍū for every prayer, until the time for the next prayer came.  (See: Bukhārī, Fatḥ Al-Bārī, Al-Ṭabaqāt Al-Kubrā)

Due to your situation with the varicose veins, it is fine for you to wear the support stockings, even during irām.

To compensate for the missed elements, the pilgrim will arrange for an animal to be slaughtered after the completion of the Ḥajj.

Ibn ʿAbbās (may God be pleased with him) would say, “The one who forgot or left out a required element in pilgrimage must slaughter an animal [in compensation].” (Muaʾṭṭa, Iʾelā Al-Sunan)

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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