Suffering from herpes

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Q: I have unfortunately have been diagnosed with genital herpes and oral herpes. I read on websites that it can spread through the skin even if there is no sore or fluid. What should I do in terms of praying Salaah because I touch my face and then touch the carpet? How should my contact with people be and what happens if I spread the disease to others. Do I get a sin for that? What do I do to all the people that I had spread the disease to previously due to handshakes (if even the disease spreads that way), sharing food and other ways?


A: Have your own carpet and perform your namaaz on your carpet. After the namaaz roll it up and keep by yourself.

Don’t put your mind into all this. It is not your responsibility.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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