Doing wudhoo in airplane toilet

Reference: I’laam al-Musaafireen – Page 14

Question: [Whilst travelling by plane] I went to the toilet to relieve myself, and some urine dropped on my clothing; so I sprinkled some water on the affected area and rubbed it. Is [doing] this sufficient in purifying [my garment]? Bear in mind I then made wudhoo and prayed; so what is the ruling regarding my prayer?

Response: [What you did] is not sufficient in purifying [your garment]; that is because purifying [a garment] stained with urine requires throroughly washing and rubbing [the affected area]. And some scholars have gone to the extent of saying [the affected area] must be washed seven times; however, that which is apparent [from the evidence] is that washing [the affected area] three times is sufficient in shaa.-Allaah. As for you just sprinkling [water on the affected area], then that is not sufficient. And as for what has come to pass in you having prayed in that [impure] garment, then [in shaa.-Allaah] you are excused because you were ignorant of the ruling, as Allaah Ta’aala has said:

{Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error…}, soorah al-Baqarah, aayah 286

…and Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala responded by saying:

«I have [already] done so», as transmitted by Muslim from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas, no.162

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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