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Making ghusal with a fractured arm

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Q: I am a 26 years old male. My right hand has got fractured and with plaster of Paris… Due to it I cannot use it and can’t remove my upper clothes (shirt, etc.). I can go to the washroom on my own but I can’t take a bath due to the injury. However I can only perform wudu (with masah on injured hand) and can wash lower part of my body i.e. legs and face and head. What is the ruling if ghusal gets obligatory upon me…. Should I make tayammum instead of ghusal or washing lower part of body, face and head and wet hand on upper body will suffice?


A: Wash the body as much you can. You may first rub your body with the normal hand until it is moist and after that wash the entire body. In this way the entire body will be washed insha Allah. Thereafter, masah can be made over the fractured arm.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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