Was My Ritual Bath Valid If I Didn’t Use My Fingers to Wash My Nose?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

I forgot to insert my finger into my nose during the obligatory ghusl. I just sniffed water and blew out. But didn’t insert a finger, neither did I ensure that there is a barrier in the nose mistakenly. It has been many days. Is my ghusl valid?

Answer

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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

Yes, you can assume that your ritual bath (ghusl) was valid for several reasons.

  1. What is obligatory for a valid ritual bath is to wash with water the soft part of the nose. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]
    This has been accomplished. No fingers are needed for doing so. Allah, Most High, says: “And if you are in a state of ˹full˺ impurity, then take a full bath.” [Quran, 5:6]
  2. Only the presence of dry mucus inside your nostrils can prevent the validity of your ritual bath. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar] The presence of dry mucus is something possible but is not the norm.

Thus, when in doubt, we can assume its absence by applying the following fiqh principle:
“The basis for contingent matters is absence.” [Majalla]

This principle is based on the following fiqh principle:
“Certainty is not lifted by a doubt.” [Majalla]

that in turn is based on the following verse of the Quran:
“Most of them follow nothing but conjectures. Surely, conjectures are of no avail in the matter of truth at all.” [Quran, 10:36]

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam,
[Ustadh] Sufyan Qufi
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