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Tayamum: How and When

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Title Tayamum: How and When
Question Dear Scholar, Assalamu alaikum Is it possible to perform tayamum on items which have dust ? If so is it possible to perform tayamum on a cement wall where dust get deposited ?
Date 6/20/2004
Mufti A Group of Islamic Researchers

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, thanks for your question, which emanates from a God-fearing heart, since it shows your commitment to Prayer, the cornerstone of Islam, and purification, which is regarded by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as half of the faith. We commend your pursuit of Islamic knowledge.

Islam is the religion of easiness, and a Muslim is permitted to perform tayammum as long as there is no water or even there is water but there is a real need for tayammum such as suffering from a skin disease which prevents one from using water in ablution.

As far as tayammum (dry ablution) is concerned, it may be performed on pure earth, a stone, or a cement wall.

Thus, you are permitted to perform tayammum by rubbing your hands against that cement wall, but keep in mind that there should be even a slight dust that comes out from the wall as a result of rubbing.

In this regard, Dr. Hammudah Abulati, the well-known Muslim scholar, states in his book, Islam in Focus:

Tayammum or resort to pure earth may substitute for the ablution and even the bath. This is allowed in any of the following cases:

1. When a person is sick and cannot use water.

2. When he has no access to water in sufficient quantity.

3. When the use of water is likely to do him harm or cause any disease.

In any of these instances it is permissible to make tayammum, which is performed as follows:

1. Strike both open hands (palms down) lightly on pure earth or sand or stone.

2. Shake the hands off and wipe the face with them once in the same way as done in the ablution.

3. Strike the hands again and wipe the right arm to the elbow with the left hand then the left arm to the elbow with the right hand.

Tayammum is a symbolic demonstration of the importance of the wudu (ablution), which is so vital for both worship and health. When Islam introduced this repeatable ablution, it brought along with it the best hygienic formula, which no other spiritual doctrine or medical prescription had anticipated.”

It has become clear now that there should be a dust that comes out of the wall at the time of rubbing your hands against it for the purpose of performing tayammum.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Source:islamonline.net

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