Bowel incontinence

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Q: Due to some medication I was taking. Spots were developing inside the anus. Because of which after passing stool and doing istinja, I would notice stains of stool when checking with a tissue. Even after a couple of hours if I were to check there would still be stains of stool when touching the exterior of the anus with a tissue. I can’t say if I was ma’zoor or not as I don’t know how long the stool leakage would last. Also, I’d have to take into account other factors such as the type of food I ate. This lasted for about 10 months when I stopped taking the medication. I wasn’t aware of this stool leakage until about 9 months. The understanding of this only came after speaking to a doctor. My question is what is the condition of all the prayers I have performed? Taking into account the many months where I was unaware. After washing my bottom it would be wet and stool would still be leaking. So the water would mix with the stool and go onto the pants etc. It is like washing the penis without doing istibra.


A: If you were a ma’zoor in that period, then the Salaah you performed in that condition was valid. To view the laws pertaining to a ma’zoor refer to

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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