Am I Spreading Filth by Washing Myself?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


If we wash ourselves from madhy and if water goes up the vagina, is that water impure? Please answer this question specifically and not redirect me to another fatwa.


In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

No, the water going into the female private part while washing pre-ejaculate (Madhi) is pure as long as you are using running water for this process, and no traces of the filth are manifested in this running water. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

This is achieved by washing this Madhi under the shower, for example.

Running water remains pure as long as the traces of filth affecting it are not manifested in it because when water is running, the filth is moving and not staying where it was. Thus, there is no way to be sure that the filth is present in a specific part of this water, as no traces are manifested, and doubts regarding its purity do not lift the certitude of its purity. [Based on al-‘Ayni, Binaya; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

This is an application of the legal principle: “Certainty is not lifted by a doubt.” [Majalla]

This principle is based on the following verse of the Quran: “Most of them follow nothing but conjectures. Surely, conjectures are of no avail in the matter of truth at all.” [Quran, 10:36] [Du‘ass, al-Qawa‘id al-Fiqhiyya]

And Allah knows best.
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
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