Performing salaah while having the urge to relieve oneself

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1. Could you please tell me what to do when I come across a situation where I have to relieve myself (in the bathroom) at that time of salaah (especially fajr and magrib). Should I control myself and make wudhu and go to the masjid for salah or should I go to the bathroom and then go to the masjid and read salah without jamat?

2. What are the situations in which delaying salah is permissible, because when it comes to salah and I have a situation like that, then I get tensed and get a headache and my heart starts beating fast. 


A: 1 & 2. If you are pressed with the urge to relieve yourself, then you should not perform salaah in that state. After relieving yourself, you should make wudhu and perform salaah.

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

وكره … (وصلاته مع مدافعة الأخبثين) أو أحدهما (أو لريح) (الدر المختار 1/641)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين – رحمه الله -: (قوله وصلاته مع مدافعة الأخبثين الخ) أي البول والغائط قال في الخزائن سواء كان بعد شروعه أو قبله فإن شغله قطعها إن لم يخف فوت الوقت وإن أتمها أثم لما رواه أبو داود لا يحل لأحد يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر أن يصلي وهو حاقن حتى يتخفف أي مدافع البول ومثله الحاقب أي مدافع الغائط والحازق أي مدافعهما وقيل مدافع الريح اهـ وما ذكره من الإثم صرح به في شرح المنية وقال لأدائها مع الكراهة التحريمية (رد المحتار 1/641)

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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