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Urinating while standing

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As-salaam Alaykum Dear Brother in Faith I have recently started praying Namaaz & in a talk held with one elderly person it was said to me that if you urinate in a standing position you have to do a gusul & then only you can pray namaaz you are not paak even after vousou but if you urinate in a sitting position & wash it with water by saying istinja only then you can pray namaaz after vouzou Please put some light on this matter what does Quran or Sunnah Say YOUR BROTHER IN FAITH 


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Urinating while standing

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.


Under usual circumstances, it is the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) that he would almost always urinate in a sitting position; but on some occasions, he (saws) also urinated in a standing position. Thus, it is desirable to always urinate in a sitting position; but if one fears impurity at a public toilet, etc. there is no harm if one urinates standing.


Hudhaifah relates that the Messenger of Allah (saws), went to a public garbage dump and urinated while standing. Hudhaifah went away, and the Prophet (saws) then called him over. The Prophet made ablution, and wiped over his shoes. This is related by Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood, and Tirmidhi.


There is absolutely nothing in the Sunnah that states that one is required to do a ghusl or full bath everytime he urinates standing! One must wash his private parts after urination, do the wudu, and he will be considered pure and available for prayer.


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


Your Brother in Islam,





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