Thursday, May 4, 2017

Urinating position: standing or sitting?

Question: Is it permissible to urinate while standing or is it mandatory to be in a sitting position?

Answer: Instead of specifying the minute details, Islam (Qur’an) generally gives principles /'usool'. We have to implement those principles in the situations that we face. The principle remains the same; however, the exact implementation details/procedures might change with time and situation.

As for urinating, the principle is to maintain cleanliness. The urine drops should not touch our body or clothes. Rulings regarding urinating are not a matter of position, rather they are related to cleanliness.

From the history, there are narrations supporting both positions [sitting and standing] adopted by Prophet Muhammad.
The choice whether to sit or stand depends upon specific conditions with regards to our dress, the place, the urinal design etc. The main thing is to ensure cleanliness.

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