Waking up on a cold night in a state of janaabah

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Question: Whoever wakes up on a cold day [and finds himself] in a state of janaabah, can he do tayammum [instead of having a bath]?

Response: If he fears [harm] for himself, and has nothing with which to heat up the water, then he should do tayammum, because Allaah ‘Jalla wa ‘Alaa said:

{And do not kill yourselves [or one another]}, Soorah an-Nisaa, Aayah 29

And [it has been reported that] whilst in battle, ‘Amr ibn al-’Aas did tayammum because he [woke up] in a state of janaabah [one] night and the weather was cold so he did tayammum, and thereafter prayed with his companions.

So when he returned [from battle], he mentioned this [incident] to the Prophet ﷺ, and the Prophet ﷺ approved of [him having done] that.


Translation originally published on 17 November, 2015

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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