If someone is sick and unable to move, and the time for prayer comes and it is not possible to do wudoo’ and pray, what should he or she do?
be to Allah
If a sick person
is unable to pray standing, he should pray sitting; if he is unable to do
that, then he should pray lying on his side. If he is not able to do that,
then he should pray in whatever position he is able to. What is required is
to do wudoo’ and cleanse himself of impurity; if he is unable to do wudoo’,
he should do tayammum (“dry ablution”); if he is unable to do tayammum or to
remove any impurity, he should pray as he is, because Allah, may He be
exalted, says (interpretation of the meaning): “So
fear Allah as much as you are able”
Based on that,
the prayer that you offered in this situation was valid, and you do not have
to repeat it, because that was what you were able to do at that time, and
the bleeding of nifaas (following the miscarriage) had not yet begun at that
If a woman
miscarries, then she comes under the ruling of nifaas (postpartum bleeding)
if the fetus had developed human features, which is after eighty days of
pregnancy. If she bleeds following the miscarriage, or one or two days
before it, that comes under the rulings on nifaas, if the blood that
appeared before it was connected to the miscarriage or birth, and was
accompanied by indications of that, such as contractions or the pain of
With regard to
“water”, or discharge in which there is no blood, that appears before
delivery, it does not come under the rulings on nifaas.
‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked:
before giving birth, there was some discharge of water accompanied by some
pain; is this nifaas?
He (may Allah
have mercy on him) replied:
This is not
nifaas, because nifaas is blood, not water.
Moreover, it is
not nifaas unless it is accompanied by contractions, one or two days before
giving birth. But if it is a long time before the expected time of giving
birth, it is not nifaas, because nifaas is the bleeding that occurs at the
time of birth, or two or three days before that, accompanied by
contractions. As for water [discharge without blood], it is not nifaas. End
Based on that:
If the water
that came out when you were in the hospital was accompanied by blood, then
this bleeding was nifaas, and you did not have to pray in that case.
But if there was
no blood, then it was not the blood of nifaas, and in this case you had to
pray however you could at that time, as explained above.
And Allah knows