Ritual purity not condition for standing at ‘Arafah and Muzdalifah
Fatwa No: 103023

  • Fatwa Date:25-8-2016 - Thul-Qi'dah 22, 1437
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Question

While I was standing at ‘Arafah during my Hajj last year, my Ihram (ritual state assumed for consecration) clothing was affected by impurity in the toilet. When I came out, I saw the impurity and was too shy to wash it away before the people – may Allaah forgive us and you too. Now I am regretful for that behavior. I performed the prayers with the same garment: Thuhr and ‘Asr at ‘Arafat, Maghrib and ‘Isha’ at Muzdalifah, and Fajr at Mina, despite my knowledge that there was filth on it. My question is: what is the ruling on that Hajj? Is anything due on me as expiation for my sin? Or is it due on me to repeat Hajj? Please give your reply soon in order for me to be able to perform Hajj this year (if my last year Hajj is invalid).

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

One of the conditions for the validity of the prayer is that the person’s body, garment and praying place should be clean from impurity, given Allaah's statement (what means): {And your clothing purify.} [Quran 74:4]

Whoever prays with a garment that is soiled with impurity while aware of it and able to purify it, his prayer will be invalid, and it is due on him to repeat it sooner or later. Hence, it is due on you to repeat the prayers that you have performed in the impure garments.

As for your Hajj, it is valid, and it is not due on you to repeat it, because Tahaarah (ritual purity) is not a condition for the validity of standing at ‘Arafah and Muzdalifah.

We also remind you that it is possible that the wetness that touched your garment in the toilet was not impure. It may have been clean. Furthermore, it is impermissible for a Muslim to let his feelings of embarrassment prevent him from doing what Allaah has enjoined upon him. Allaah Almighty is the worthiest of people’s fear and shyness.

Allaah Knows best.

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