What do the scholars and muftis of the mighty Shari’ah say regarding the following matter: the skin near my elbow is affected by eczema. Due to this my skin is damaged and when it comes in contact with water it worsens, furthermore due to this itching occurs. During Wudu instead of washing it, could I wipe over it?

Questioner: A sister from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

You are only allowed to wipe over that part of the place where the illness/injury/wound is present.

As mentioned in Fataawa e Hindiyyah:

          “وَ شُقوقُ أَعْضَائِهِ يُمِرُّ عَلَيْهَا الْمَاءَ إِنْ قَدَرَ وَ إِلاَّ مَسَحَ عَلَيْهَا إِنْ قَدَرَ وَ إِلاَّ تَرَكَهُ وَ غَسَلَ مَا حَوْلَهَا “

“If the body parts are torn then pour water on it if you are able to, and if you are unable to do that then wipe over them if you are able to, and if you are unable to even do that then leave it and wash around it.”

[Fatawa Hindiyyah, Book of Purity, vol.1, page 35]

And it is mentioned in Bahar e Shari’at:

“If the parts of the body which are washed during Wudu are ripped or an abscess or any other illness/disease is present on it and if applying water on the wound causes harm or severe pain, then applying a wet hand over it, is sufficient.

And if this causes harm then one can cover the infected area/ wound with a cloth and wipe a wet hand over it, and if this causes pain then it is forgiven,

And if medication had been applied upon the injury, then it is not compulsory to remove it, one can simply pour water over it, this will suffice.”

[Bahare Shari’at, vol. 1, part 2, page 368]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Bilal Shabir

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0480] I have eczema on my arm, can I wipe instead of wash when doing Wudu?

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