Q: I find it difficult to keep wudu sometimes due to a problem. I know that I can do salah as an excused person. I read online that the excuse has to continue for an entire salah time, not giving enough time to do salah (without the excuse) and then atleast once for every salah time after to stay excused.
1. My question is that it is difficult to be paying attention to my excuse for an entire salah time to see if I qualify to be excused. It would be difficult to see if my excuse occurs every five minutes. Am I missing something? Sometimes my excuse is better than other times, but sometimes it causes me to miss salah.
2. Also, I know the one that has an excuse for wudu has to make a new wudu for each salah time. However, if the salah times run into eachother, is this still necessary. For example, if one makes wudu for asr prayer and then finishes just as maghrib is starting, does one have to leave to go make a new wudu?
3. Also, I read the an imam who suffers from an excuse (such as incontinence or the like) is not allowed to lead a normal healthy person in salah. This seems quite unfair because the excuse is not the fault of the person suffering from the excuse. If it is not a distraction to the healthy persons prayer, then it should be permitted. What is your opinions on this matter?
4. A final question I have is that if one has impurity on ones clothes and one is out and unable to clean it and the time for the salah is running out, is it better to miss the salah or pray the salah with the impurity on ones clothes (or even skin). If the person does the salah, does it have to be made up later on?
1. It is not difficult. Just observe yourself for an entire namaaz time as to how often the wudhu breaks.
3. Leave out your reasoning. Just go with the fiqhi rulings. Your reasoning is totally insignificant in comparison to the rulings and rationale that the fuqaha have employed.
4. He must wash the clothing first.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)