Paralyzed person delaying in changing after passing stool

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Q: Most of my body is paralyzed. I have a caregiver to assist me for my basic needs. Most mornings when the caregiver arrives around 8:30 or later upon checking, we realised that I have passed stool. Some mornings I do not pass. After eating or being awake for some time I sometimes make more stool.

1. If I do not get a smell is it fine for me to continue with eating and other work or should I rather check?

2. Can I do exercises and drink hot water before checking and changing to try to ensure that I just need to change once for the morning?

3. Some mornings I am not well or very tired and find it difficult to sleep after waking up to change. Can I continue sleeping after the caregiver comes or should I break my sleep and check to see if I need to change?


A: 1 – 3. You may continue with other work.

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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