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Janaabah whilst travelling. What you should do?

A traveller may find himself on a long plane journey during which he becomes junub
(impure). He has no way of performing ghusl, and there is nothing on the plane that
he could use for tayammum. If he waits until he reaches his destination, the time for
prayer will be over, and it may be a prayer that he cannot join with another, such as
fajr, when he set out before fajr and will not arrive until after sunrise, or the time for
joining two prayers such as zuhr and ‗asr may also be over, because he set out before
zuhr and will not arrive until after maghrib. What should he do in such a situation?


If we accept that he has no means of performing ghusl on board the plane, then he is
in the situation known by the scholars as ―the one who does not have access to the
two purifying materials (i.e., water or earth).‖ There are varying opinions on this
situation. Imaam Ahmad and the majority of muhaddithoon say that he should pray as
he is, because this is all that he can do, and ―Allaah burdens not a person beyond his
scope.‖ [al-Baqarah 2:286 – interpretation of the meaning].


The specific evidence in this case is the report narrated by Muslim in his Saheeh,
where it states that the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sent
some people to look for a necklace that ‗Aa‘ishah had lost. The time for prayer came,
and they prayed without wudoo‘ (because they could not find water). When they
came to the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), they told him
about it and then the aayah of tayammum was revealed. (Saheeh Muslim, 367). The
Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not blame or criticize
them, neither did he tell them to repeat the prayer. This indicates that prayer is
obligatory, and even though tahaarah is a condition for prayer, prayer should not be
delayed when tahaarah cannot be accomplished. (al-Mughni ma‘a al-Sharh al-Kabeer,


A similar ruling applies to the sick who cannot move their limbs at all, and people who
are imprisoned and chained up or suspended.


What is meant is that the prayer should be performed in the best way possible under
the circumstances, and it should not be delayed beyond its set time. According to the
soundest opinion, it does not have to be repeated, for Allaah does not lay upon us in
religion any hardship.


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