Does Oily Hands Affect the Removal of Impurity in Istinjaa’?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I am following Hanafi madhhab. After eating a meal, if you have traces of oil on your hands and you do istinjaa’ but simply washing private parts with these hands (without) washing your hands or private parts (three times) will my hands become impure because if I use these oily hands in istinjaa’ and washing only once?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The oil does not affect the removal of impurity in istinjaa’, nor will your hand become impure due to it.

It is not a condition to wash three times. Wash until you are sure or near certain that the impurities have been removed, and that suffices. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Hope this helps
And Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.