Can a person perform Salaah in a Masjid with a Catheter? 

Q. My father is not well. He is a Ma’zoor. He has a catheter attached to a urine bag through which urine flows all the time. Can he go to the Masjid with the catheter and urine bag to perform Salaah or on Jumuahs only?

A. In normal situations, it is Makrooh-e-Tahreemi (prohibitively disliked) to enter the Masjid with bad odors or impurities especially if there is a fear of messing the Masjid.

However, in the enquired situation and in the case of such an excuse person (Ma’zoor), the catheter and urine bag is necessary and has to be kept at all times. In such a case, the catheter and urine bag will be regarded as part of one’s body and hence, it will be permissible for such a person to attend and perform all Salaahs including Jumuah Salaahs in the Masjid. This is on condition that there is no fear of the Masjid being messed or soiled with impurities. (Umdatul Qaari 3/280) Furthermore, the catheter and urine bag should be hidden and concealed to avoid any form of admonition from the congregants (Musallis) of the Masjid.

Note: A Ma’zoor (excused person) will have to observe all the necessary laws of a Ma’zoor even if he has a catheter and urine bag. One may discuss his situation with a reliable of scholar for further guidance in this regard.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa