How Can the Flooring of a House Become Pure?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


I recently read that if an impurity dries off the ground and no sign of it is present, then the ground is pure. I was wondering if this ruling can be applied to flooring on the second floor of a house or the third floor, such as in the bedroom.


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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Yes, if the filth on the flooring of a house’s second or third floor dries and leaves no traces, then this flooring is deemed ritually pure. You can pray on it validly. [Tahtawi, Hashiya ‘Ala Maraqi al-Falah]

The reason for this ruling is that anything affected by the filth fixed on the ground is deemed pure after drying if no traces of filth are left. [Ibid.]

This is deduced from the words of the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him: “Any ground that has dried is now pure.” [Musannaf Ibn Abi Shayba]

And Allah knows best.
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Sufyan Qufi is an advanced seeker of knowledge, originally from Algeria, who grew up in France. He began searching far and wide for answers to the fundamental questions of life and was disappointed at the answers he found. Then he connected with various traditional teachers and gradually connected with SeekersGuidance. He embarked on his journey of learning through the various teachers at SeekersGuidance, including his mentor Shaykh Faraz Rabbani. He studied numerous texts in Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith, and other areas with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and other teachers, including Shaykh Abdurrahman al-Sha‘ar, Shaykh Ali Hani, and others. He is an active instructor at SeekersGuidance and answers questions through the SeekersGuidance Answers Service.