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If your wudu breaks during prayer?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

I was told that if you pass wind during salah… then you immediately go and do wudu without speaking to anyone or looking around renew your wudu and come back to salah immediate and renew your place from where you left off. Is this valid or would a person have to start over from the beggining if one’s wudu breaks during salah. Of course the latter is the safer route but is there anything in fiqh that would support the former opinion?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Yes, in the Hanafi school, if one’s wudu was accidentally invalidated (e.g. gas came out not of one’s own doing), then one can go immediately without interruption, do wudu, and return immediately and continue from where the wudu was invalidated.

However, one shouldn’t follow this position unless one has studied its details; and it is superior to simply restart the prayer. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

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