No limit for Tayammum (dry ablution)

25-3-2006 | IslamWeb


How many times is it permissible to perform Tayammum (dry ablution) when there is no water or when fearing to get sick?


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It is confirmed that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Soil is the ablution for a believer if he does not find water for ten years, when he finds water, he should fear Allaah, and he should pour the water on his skin.(i.e. use it for ablution)." [Al-Bazzaar]

As long as the reason for Tayammum (dry ablution) exists, which is the lack of water, or being unable to use it, it is permissible to perform Tayammum even for a long period. When one performs Tayammum, he may perform whatever obligatory or supererogatory prayers he wishes, and he is not obliged to renew the Tayammum as long as it was not invalidated, or when he becomes able to use water. 

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