No water to clean soiled clothing in preparation for prayer

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape 1, Question No.8

Question: If my clothing is soiled with an impurity, and I only have coffee and no water [to purify it with], should I purify my clothing with coffee?

Response: Coffee cannot [be used to] purify. However, if your clothing is soiled with an impurity and you do not have any water to purify it with, then pray [as you are]. There is no harm [in praying] even if there is an impurity on your clothing because [at the time of prayer] there was nothing more you could do. [Most importantly], you must not miss the prayer.

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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