Purifying oneself with water

Reference: al-Fataawa as-Sa’diyyah – Page 100, Question 1

Question: Is it obligatory upon the bedouin to purify himself with water when he arrives at a town?

Response: It is obligatory upon the bedouin to purify himself with water when he arrives at a town, and there is no [acceptable] excuse in him saying: “I am a traveller”.

Yes, he is a traveller – [but he] has [now] found water, so he must acquire it even if he has to buy it. And if he does not do so, then his purification via tayammum is unacceptable.

Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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