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Doubting if one had wudhu when one lead the Salaah

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Q: A person was in 30% doubt about whether he had wudhu, but gave himself the benefit of the doubt and attended the masjid. He was called to lead the salah as the imam was not present. After salaah this doubt becomes 70% sure that his wudhu had broken previously.

1) What is the condition of his salaah, and all the Muqtadis?

2) if he was 100% sure now that his wudhu had broken, what now would be the ruling?


A: If he is sure or the dominant portion of his mind is that he did not have wudhu at the time he led the Salaah, then he should repeat his Salaah and inform the congregation that they will have to repeat their Salaah. It is recorded in the Hadith that the Imaam is responsible for the Salaah of the congregation thus, if he does not inform them, he will be responsible in the court of Allah Ta’aala. An easy way perhaps will be by putting up a notice on the Masjid board.

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 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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