The World Federation One Stop Fiqh

Ruling 1755

If it is obligatory for a muʿtakif to leave the place of iʿtikāf – for example, to pay a debt that is obligatory for him, and the time to repay it is due, and he has the ability to repay it, and the lender wants it to be repaid; or to accomplish something else that is obligatory for him and which requires him to leave – then in these cases, if he acts contrary to his duty and does not leave, he commits a sin but his iʿtikāf does not become invalid.