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Tayammum while travelling by car

Last updated: 29th September 2019
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Assalamu Alaikum, One of my colleagues told me that you can do tayammum by touching the back of the chair of the car or the top/floor of the running car while traveling if you don't have any water for Wudu. Is this correct?


In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

WaAlaykumSalaam WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatuh

If one cannot find water within a one-mile radius, then tayammum can be made.

Tayammum can be made with whatever is jins-ul-ardh (from the earth); including pure earth, sand, stone, cement, brick, baked earthenware (unglazed pots etc.), clay, walls of stone & bricks and clay, and items that have a thick layer of dust on them.

The following principle should be maintained for what cannot be used to make tayammum - whatever becomes ash or melts through burning or heating, or rots; i.e. wood, metal, glass, food, grass etc.

Thus, as per your question, tayammum cannot be made by touching the back of a car seat, nor the roof or floor of the car, unless these are covered in a thick layer of dust.

And Allah Ta’āla knows best

29 September 2019 / 30 Muharram 1441 AH

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