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If somebodys pregnant and the doc has advised her for bed rest, how is she supposed to say namaz

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if somebodys pregnant and the doc has advised her for bed rest, how is she supposed to say namaz and exp wazoo, because in wazoo u have to bend down from the sink n wahs feet 

 

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Wudu and prayer when ill or bed rest

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Q-1: if somebodys pregnant and the doc has advised her for bed rest, how is she supposed to say namaz

Dear and beloved Sister in Islam, unless and until one is unconscious, or in the state of coma, or insane, one cannot be excused from the obligatory duty of prayer. As long as one is sane, regardless of the condition of their health, it would be their duty to observe the five obligatory prayers at their appointed times.


 

Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 2.103

Topic: The prayer of a person who is ill (Salatul Marid)

Whoever has some excuse due to illness and cannot stand during the fard salah is allowed to pray sitting. If he cannot pray in a sitting posture, he may pray while on his side by making gestures. In such a case, his gestures for sajdah should be lower than those for his ruku'. This principle is based on Allah's words: "...And celebrate Allah's praises, standing, sitting, and lying on your sides." (Surah 3 Ale Imran: 191)

Imran ibn Hussain says: "I had piles [hemorrhoids], so I asked the Prophet (saws) about the prayer and he (saws) said: 'Offer the salah while standing and if you cannot do so, pray while sitting, and if you can't do that, then make salah while Iying on your side."' (Related by Bukhari) An-Nasa'i adds: "And if you cannot offer salah while lying on your side, then do it while lying on your back. Allah does not burden a soul, save with what it can bear."

What is meant by inability is that the person if he prays [in the regular way], will suffer hardship, or his disease will aggravate, or his recovery would be hampered, or he will swoon if he prays in the customary manner.

 

If the pregnant sister has been advised by a medical expert to observe complete bed-rest, and she fears that if she offers her prayers in the customary manner she would suffer hardship, or her movements would bring about any harm upon herself or her baby, etc.; there is sufficient allowance in Shariah for her to pray in a sitting position. If she is unable to pray even in a sitting position, she may offer her prayers while lying down on her sides; if she is unable to do even that, she may offer her prayers while lying on her back. But under all circumstances, as long as she is conscious, she must fulfill her obligatory duty of prayer towards her Lord.

 

Q-2: and exp wazoo, because in wazoo u have to bend down from the sink n wahs feet 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 6:

6 O ye who believe! When ye prepare for prayer wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; rub your heads (with water); and (wash) your feet to the ankles. If ye are in a state of ceremonial impurity bathe your whole body. But if ye are ill or on a journey or one of you cometh from offices of nature or ye have been in contact with women and ye find no water then take for yourselves clean sand or earth and rub therewith your faces and hands. Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty but to make you clean and to complete His favor to you that ye may be grateful.

 

The Lord Most High has indeed prescribed wudu or ablution as an absolute pre-condition of prayer; thus if the sister who is pregnant cannot bend down to wash her feet, or feels any hardship in doing so, or fears that it would bring about any harm upon her or her child, she may get someone else to wash her feet for her.

 

In the extreme situation where the sister can neither perform the wudu herself, nor can she get someone to help her perform her wudu, there is allowance in the Shariah that she may perform the tayammum with pure dust, and make herself available for prayer.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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