What Is the Ruling on Finding Sticky Fluid without a Wet Dream?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

I know the situations which make ghusl obligatory, but when I wake up after a wet dream, I usually never see any wetness. If I try to push something out of my private part, sometimes I recognize a little bit of semen, after which I perform ghusl.

What if I woke up not remembering any sexual dreams, but I feel something sticky, like a viscous fluid? What if I woke up remembering a sexual dream I try to push out the semen but nothing comes out?

Answer

I pray you are well.

Ghusl is only obligatory if you actually ejaculate. The dream is of no legal consequence. If you find the presence, or sign, of the discharge of semen you need to perform a ghusl.

You are not expected to try and push anything out. Just look, and base the ruling on that. You’ll find that madhy (pre-cum) is discharged in a much smaller amount than semen. If there are traces of a larger discharge perform ghusl, otherwise, washing the privates and wudu is sufficient.

Keep Religious Practice Simple

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Indeed, the [practice of] the religion is ease in itself. No one makes it hard on themselves except that it overwhelms them.” [Bukhari] Try to use this approach. Take what you have learned and apply it in the most direct way.

This is a very beneficial, practical solution to a lot of scenarios. Generally, the Devil makes people worry about issues of purity and prayer to the degree that they convince themselves that nothing is valid, and they will be punished! Relax. Be optimistic, and don’t add any measures yourself to your purification and prayer which are not from the sunna.

May Allah bless you with ease and every success.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.