What Is the Definition of a Wet Dream?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi

Question

  1. What exactly is a wet dream? Should it be limited to sexual intercourse or can it also include kissing or holding hands?
  2. Do I have to perform ghusl if I remember having a wet dream but I didn’t climax?
  3. Will it be considered a wet dream if all I see in my dream is the opposite gender?
  4. I recall seeing the opposite gender in my dream, but I don’t recall any sexual activities. I can’t recall anything. What should I do?

Answer

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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

1.

Dreams that would render a  ritual bath (ghusl) to be obligatory upon waking up while seeing ejaculate (mani) or pre-ejaculate (madhi) are dreams in which what was seen was mainly intercourse. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

“Madhi”, when it comes to women is the wetness found while being aroused before reaching an orgasm. After an orgasm, the wetness is called “Mani”.

Whenever intercourse is mentioned in Islamic law it refers to actual penetration. [Tahtawi, Hashiya ‘ala Maraqi al-Falah]

Allah, Most High, has said: “If you are in a state of major impurity, cleanse yourselves well.” [Quran, 5:6]

2.

If no wetness is found upon waking up then no ritual bath is due even if someone had a dream of sexual nature. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

3.

From the answers above we can see that you don’t need to perform a ghusl by simply dreaming about someone from the opposite gender.

4.

In this case we have to go back to this fiqh principle:

“Certainty is not lifted by a doubt.” [Ibn Nujaym, al-Ashbah wa al-Nadha’ir; Majallat al-Ahkam al-`Adiliyya]

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

The basis is that a dream is free from sexual elements. If you have doubts about the presence of sexual elements in your dream you can assume that your dream was free from them.

And Allah knows best.
Wassalam
[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.