OCD Regarding Purity

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

What should I do? I have OCD regarding purity and regular discharge of liquid. Sprinkling water on my underwear to cope with it gives me panic attacks.

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

My dear brother, I pray you are well.

You should stop sprinkling water on yourself, and not change your clothes every time there is some discharge. A small amount of impurity is excused.

Excused Impurities

Liquid impurities which exit the body are excused up to the amount which would equal the area of a £2 coin. This is a mercy from the Shari’a. You don’t need to change your clothes every time something comes out.

The practice of the religion should not cause distress. The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “Indeed, [the practice of] the religion is ease itself. No one makes it hard on themselves except that it overwhelms them.” (Bukhari)

You can still pray if there is the excused amount of impurity on you. If it exceeds this amount, wash it with a small amount of water. When the trace of it is gone the clothing is pure again. Ignore the moisture afterwards.

Get Treatment

You should seek some treatment for your OCD. This seminar will help with that. The discharge is probably wadi, prostatic fluid. A good practitioner of Tradition Chinese Medicine will be able to help you with that.

May Allah make all matters easy for you.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.

Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

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