Tayammum impermissible if water is available
Fatwa No: 357823

  • Fatwa Date:22-8-2017 - Thul-Qi'dah 30, 1438
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I asways pray the Witr because I know that there is an opinion which says that it is obligatory. Once, I had already prayed the Fajr and was walking in a park when I suddenly remembered that I had not prayed the Witr, so I performed Tayammum (dry ablution) outside, asked someone the direction for the prayer [I do not know whether he was Muslim], and prayed, did I do anything wrong? Do note that water was available (my house is only a few minutes away), but I would have had to walk quite a bit. The reason I did this is because I did not want to delay it because I know that you should pray as soon as you remember; is there any opinion that says that I was right in what I did?


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger.

There is no doubt that what you did was not right, because it is impermissible to perform Tayammum if water is available and the person is able to use it; Allah, the Exalted, says (what means): {...and you find no water, then seek clean earth...} [Quran 4:43] The same goes for asking someone about the Qiblah (prayer direction) while you do not know if he is Muslim, let alone if he is trustworthy or not. This is not sufficient (i.e. you cannot act upon what he tells you). Ar-Rawdh Al-Murbiʻ maʻa Haashiyatih reads, "If he is informed of the direction of the Qiblah by a Muslim who is competent for religious assignment, is trustworthy inwardly and outwardly, and knows it with certainty, then he acts upon it; but he does not act upon what he is told by a young person or an impious person."

Allah knows best.

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