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Ruling 834

In three cases – the details of which will follow after- wards – if the body or clothing of someone performing prayers is impure, his prayers are valid:

  1. If due to a wound, sore, or boil on his body the clothing or his body has become impure with blood;
  2. If the amount of blood that has made his body or clothing impure is less than a dirham. Based on obligatory precaution, a dirham is equal to the size of the upper joint of the thumb;
  3. If he is compelled to perform prayers with an impure body or clothing.

In one case, if the clothing of someone performing prayers is impure, his prayers are valid, and that is when his small items of clothing – such as his socks and cap – are impure.

The laws (aḥkām) of these four situations will be explained in detail in the following rulings.