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Janaazah and no wudhu

Fatwaa ID: 567

Question:
Selam Alejkum va rahmetullah respected scholars, I pray this message finds you well. If one attends the funeral of a relative and they realize while lining up for the janazah prayers that they do not have wudhu, but more-or-less follow the motions of the rest of the jama’at so as not to seem like they are disrespecting the deceased relative, would they be sinful? What would be the best course of action to take if one finds themself in this position

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

According to the Hanafi legal school, if one genuinely fears that by the time he goes for wudhu and comes back the Janaazah Salaah will be over, then he will be excused to make tayammum. If he is unable to perform wudhu and tayammum for whatever reason, then he may stand and imitate those who are praying. In most cases, the relatives of the deceased will not feel disrespected. You should not worry about that.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

07/18/1444 AH – 02/09/2023 CE | AMG3-3339

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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