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Suffering from OCD (mental health condition)

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Q: I have been diagnosed  with OCD – a mental health condition and I have had it for around 2 years. I have been a mental health patient in the UK for a long time as well and I am also on anti depression medication. At one point in the past, it took me around 60 mins to read a four unit fard
zuhr prayer consisting of surah fatihah and surah Ikhlas. I have also had severe problems with wudu and ghusl. Because my prayers are too long, I have not been able to get a job, or go to University. I don’t know if my illness will ever leave me and it has been destroying my chances of earning a halal income-which is wajib upon me. Is it permissible for me with my illness at the time of need so that I can earn a halal income/ study/train to order to earn a halal income to miss: 

the sunnah aspects of the prayer
sunnah prayers
sunnahs of wudu
sunnahs of ghusl

Otherwise I fear it with my health problem, life would be very difficult for me in the future.


A: You may start this off as a temporary solution.

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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