Is My Ghusl Valid despite Touching My Inner Lips?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

Does cleaning your labia minora with fingers while making ghusl invalidate the ghusl? How does one deal with waswasa with purity? (and other religious matters)

Answer

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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Cleaning the Inner Lips

No, a woman cleaning her inner lips (labia minora) with her fingers while performing a ritual bat  (ghusl) won’t invalidate her ghusl. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

This ruling is because this action is not from those actions that would entail performing a ghusl. One only needs to perform a ghusl after an orgasm, penetration between two individuals, menstruation, or post-natal bleeding. [Ibid]

Inserting a finger inside one’s private parts does not entail performing a ghusl. [Tumurtashi, Tanwir al-Absar]

Dealing with Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa)

I strongly urge you to benefit from this excellent reader: A Reader on OCD and Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

This will help you a lot, Insha Allah!
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.