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Difficulty For an Elderly Person To Change One’s Napkin For Salaah

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Q: A lady is old and wears a napkin. It is difficult for her to walk and needs to have assistance. If her napkin becomes wet often, does she need to go to the toilet as well as change that napkin every time? It is very difficult for her. She cannot do any of these things by herself and needs for it to be done for her.

A: If it is difficult for her and she cannot manage to clean herself and nor does she have assistance all the time she may perform the namaaz in the state that is manageable for her.

مريض تحته ثياب نجسة وكلما بسط شيئا تنجس من ساعته صلى على حاله وكذا لو لم يتنجس إلا أنه يلحقه مشقة بتحريكه
و في رد المحتار: قوله ( من ساعته ) المراد بها أن يكون بحيث لو توضأ وصلى يخرج من النجاسة القدر المانع قبل فراغه من الصلاة كما مر تحريره قبيل باب الأنجاس قوله ( إلا ن يلحقه مشقة بتحريكه ) عبارة البحر عن الخلاصة إلا أنه يزداد مرضه والظاهر أنه غير قيد كما أشار إليه الشارح بل المراد حصول الضرر والمشقة (رد المحتار 2/103)

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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