You have written “Nevertheless, if such a discharge were due to an ailment – in some cases a chronic ailment – it would suffice to wash the organ after urination (and then once after standing up) and then completely ignore all subsequent discharge of any drops of urine.”
Does the Shari’ah compel this person to perform ablution before every Salah or is it preferred to do so?
Does the Shari’ah compel this person to clean his clothes before every Salah?
Does the Shari’ah compel this person to clean his dirty clothes once at the start of everyday in the morning?
What if someone uses a covering like condom to safeguard his clothes from spoiling with urine; does the Shari’ah compel this person to perform those acts mentioned in the first two questions?
What is the difference between puss that oozes from the wound after sometimes but remain within the bandage, which does not invalidate the ablution, and the urine drops remain within the covering (like condom etc)?
As a principle, it should first be noted that under normal circumstances, any discharge from either the penis or the anus invalidates wudu. Furthermore, as a part of man’s natural sense of physical cleanliness, if, under normal circumstances, a person has urinated or defecated in his clothes or if these clothes are, in any other way, defiled by urination or defecation, he should either thoroughly wash these clothes or the defiled parts thereof or he should change these clothes.
Abnormal circumstances, however, may call for some allowances which can vary from one situation to another.
Keeping the foregoing clarifications in mind, let us now turn to your questions. The respective answers are given below:
The Shari`ah prescribes ablution before offering sala’h, if the person is not already in a state of ablution or if his previous ablution has been invalidated due to some reason. Thus, in case of a discharge of urine, the person should perform ablution before offering his sala’h.
It is not mandatory for a person to clean his clothes before every sala’h. He should only clean his clothes after the occurrence of the discharge and that too, only if he is not suffering from a chronic ailment, due to which he suffers from a continual discharge;
The person will have to perform ablution and wash his organ. He would not need to wash his clothes, as they would remain undefiled in this situation;
Puss oozing from a wound does not invalidate wudu whereas discharge from the urinal passage or the anus invalidates wudu.
I hope this helps.
August 30, 2003