Condition of i’tikaaf for one who left the musjid to wash his hands

Q: If a person sitting in sunnah i’tikaaf leaves the musjid to wash his hands at meal times, will his i’tikaaf break?

A: He should not leave the musjid to wash his hands. If he leaves the musjid to wash his hands, his sunnah i’tikaaf will break. Alternate arrangements should be made for those in sunnah i’tikaaf to wash their hands in the musjid.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( وحرم عليه ) أي على المعتكف اعتكافا واجبا أما النفل فله الخروج لأنه منه له لا مبطل كما مر ( الخروج إلا لحاجة الإنسان ) طبيعية كبول وغائط وغسل لو احتلم ولا يمكنه الاغتسال في المسجد كذا في النهر (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار 2/444-445, الفتاوى الهندية 1/212)

( فلو خرج ) ولو ناسيا ( ساعة ) زمانية لا رملية كما مر ( بلا عذر فسد ) (الدر المختار مع رد المحتار 2/447,الفتاوى الهندية 1/212)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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