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Tayammum due to feeling cold

Fatwaa ID: 1967

Asslamu alaikum mufti sahab.
My mother is 72 years old with chronic arthritis in her whole body, and has been completely bedridden since last few years due to her broken femur, sometimes she feels very cold and even covering her with 2,3 layers and extra heater besides her doesn’t help much, is she allowed to do tayammum in this condition?

Sometimes she doesn’t feel so cold, but she is scared that if she makes wudhu with water (even with hot water) she might end up feeling cold again, is it ok for her to do tayammum due to her fear of getting cold?

Does she have to make different tayammum for different prayer or she can pray two (eg. zuhr, asr) different times with one tayammum?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy for your honorable mother and the family. May He grant her shifaa and ‘aafiyah.

  1. In principle, feeling cold itself is not a valid excuse to perform tayammum in place of wudhu. If one genuinely feels that the coldness will result in him becoming very ill, then that is a valid excuse. This is applicable whether one is currently feeling cold or not. Furthermore, it may be helpful to note that if one has water but is unable to use it and there is no one present to assist in making wudhu, then tayammum can be made as well.
  2. One tayammum is valid for multiple prayers as long as the excuse remains throughout the times. If the excuse does not remain, then the tayammum will be invalidated.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

05/27/1445 AH – 12/11/2023 CE | AML1-8595

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