In state of major ritual impurity, but cannot take a bath

Reference: Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 32;
I’laam al-Musaafireen bi-ba’dh Aadaab wa Ahkaam as-Safar wa maa yakhuss al-Malaaheen al-Jowwiyeen – Page 5

Question: Sometimes on long journeys, some passengers go to sleep on their seats. One of them might have a wet dream, or may have boarded the plane having forgotten he was in a state of major ritual impurity (janaabah), or a woman may have completed her menses or postpartum bleeding as the time of Fajr enters. Bearing in mind the [time of] arrival at the destination is after the passing of the [prayer] time, and that the aircraft safety systems absolutely prohibit bathing in the toilet because it is not equipped for that, then what should one do?

Response: If it is possible for him to do tayammum [using the dust] on the floor of the aircraft, then he should do tayammum. And if it is not possible because it is dust free, then he should pray – even without having purified himself. And if he is able to purify himself afterwards, then he should purify himself.

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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