Is it Sinful to Perform Ghusl and Wudu in a Bathtub After Exit and Leakage of Madhy?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


My friend asked me a question, but I couldn’t answer it, and I thought it would be better to ask someone more knowledgeable instead of just saying something without being 100% sure.

His question was: “If I go to the bathroom and let much water go into the tub, and then I sit on my back, and two legs are stretched, and some madhy comes out. I then washed the place and performed Ghusl, and performed wudu again. Did I sin because it was in the same place I made Ghusl and near the place I made Wudu? I cleaned. I also repented.”


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

It would be permissible to have a bath and perform wudu in the bathtub as long as you drained the water after a bath due to the leakage of madhy and water becoming used in the bathtub.

You will not be sinful for performing ghusl and wudu in the bathtub. However, it would be best to do wudu separately to avoid falling into doubts and misgivings in the future.


Madhy, or presexual fluid, is defined as a thin, clear fluid that exits when one is aroused, yet not as sperm (mani) does, and its exit is not followed by a listlessness of the sexual organ. It invalidates the ablution (wudu).

Used Water (Ma’ Mustamal)

Water becomes used (ma’ mustamal) when it is used to gain reward, e.g., washing one’s hands at the time of meals with the intention of the sunna or gaining purity from minor ritual impurity, e.g., to acquire wudu or major ritual impurity, e.g., cleanliness after a wet dream or bedroom relations. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; ‘Ala’uddin Ibn ‘Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-‘Ala’iyya]

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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.