Difficulty to maintain Wudu

Q:

When going to pray a prayer, sometimes I uncontrollably pass gas in wudu. I suffer from waswasa but I can separate the was wasp and real gas in this situation. When I pass gas uncontrollably I am forced to redo my wudu and I hope to uncontrollably pass gas again so I am excused from the ruling that passing gas nullifies your Wudu. But when I make it to praying with my Wudu, I am constantly worried about passing gas and most times I pass gas in prayer. It takes me long to make Wudu so this causes me not to want to pray. The uncontrollable gas is not always consistent throughout all prayer times Eg I am excused for zuhr, do not pass gas for asr, and then pass gas for Maghreb. This is extremely difficult and annoying and I take long for Wudu so it damages my skin.

A:

In the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Mercy-Giving.

All praise is due to Allah. Peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

I would advise you first to seek medical examination to find out whether you suffer from gas incontinence. Such incontinence grants you an excuse. In this case you have to make wudu (ritual ablution) after the commencement of the time of each Prayer and then start praying. Whatever gas you pass during Prayer is pardonable and your Prayer is valid.

If medical examination proves that you do not have gas incontinence, then you are suffering from haunting waswash (satanic whispers), which I believe most likely to be the case. The cure from this waswash is prescribed in a prophetic direction given to a man who had the same complaint of feeling as if something would come out of his bowels while praying. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) forbad him to leave the Prayer “unless he hears a sound or perceives a smell.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophetic injunction requires one to disregard such whispers cast by the Satan. This is the best way to overcome this hardship. It may be difficult in the beginning but will become easy by time. It is the Satan who comes every time and cast these doubts in your mind to reach the result you mentioned in your question; that is, to dislike the whole process of making wudu‘ and performing Prayer. This is the essence of your problem and the solution is as easy as mentioned in the Prophetic statement. Just ignore such whispers and enjoy your Prayers.

Allah knows best.

Thursday, Jan. 01, 1970 | 00:00 - 00:00 GMT

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