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Question: What is the ruling on Geese droppings? If we’re playing football, often we will end up praying Asr or Maghrib outside with the same clothes that we play in. I understand that one is not to pray with Najasah and there is always geese droppings everywhere in Chicago. What shalleth we do?
Answer: The dropping of birds are considered pure as noted by the writer of al-Sharh al-Saghir who said, “And from the pure things are the droppings of birds as long as they have not eaten from what is impure.” If one has no way of knowing if the birds have eaten from something impure, then the assumption is that they haven’t.
Question: If we’re playing football, and you get hit in the nose and it starts bleeding profusely and eventually stops, have you lost your wudhu? Also, what if you get some small cuts here and there?
Answer: As for blood, its exit from the body does not necessitate wudhu (abulution) and therefore, it is not considered from one of the invalidaters of wudhu. The only concern is if it falls on the body, roughly the amount of a quarter. Then, before one prays, it should be cleaned from his body or clothes. If it is less then the amount of a Quarter then it is excused and considered M’afu ‘Anhu (excused). Thus, brothers don’t need to worry about small drops of blood. Some scholars, such as Khalil, restricted this excuse exclusively to the battle field, however,as Sheikh al-Dardir stated, “There is no application to the restriction of al-Sheikh [meaning Sheikh Khalil].
Thus, according to the strong opinion is that it is blood in any situation. It should be noted that ‘Umar was stabbed, blood was on his body and he still prayed, ponder.
Question: Once you’re done playing and are going to pray maghrib, if you’re by a masjid, should you go to the masjid and pray in jama’ah or pray outside in jama’ah considering the ‘dirtiness’ of your clothes and possible uncle thrashing that would follow due to your appearance in coming to the masjid?
Answer: As for the masjid. The promise of greater rewards for the one who prays is not restricted to the masjid, but to praying in a group. Of course, there are the rewards associated with going to the masjid like having sins removed and the rewards gained for each step taken to it, the salams to one’s brothers and other subtle blessings. However, it is sufficient for the brothers to pray together in Jam’a (congregation) and avoid the conflicts with the uncles. Secondly, wearing such clothes may harm the sanctity of the masjid in the hearts of others.