I work for a trash company and by mid-day trash tends to be all over my clothes. I’m not able to change my clothes and observe Dhuhr prayer and was told that I should wait until I go home to pray Dhuhr with `Asr. Another person told me to simply quit my job and look for other work. In today’s world that is simply not an option, as I have children to feed, and cannot risk losing my source of livelihood. What do I do?
I was taught by the scholars at the Egyptian House of Fatwa that there are eight factors that influence a ruling. One of those factors is the reality of a person’s situation. Your case definitely falls under that condition; regard must be given to what is most beneficial for you in this life and the next (maslaha). Scholars of the Maliki school have noted that those who cannot escape being filthy due to their employment are excused. They contend that for such a person, they should observe the ritual prayer as normal, while wearing their work clothes (the filth on the clothes being excused).1 This is an important fatwa in the school because it brings together the realities of the texts and the universals of Islam, keeping what is most beneficial for a person in this life and the next in mind.
Allah knows best.
- Al-Fiqh al-Maliki al-Muyasar, pg. 14. ↩