How Can I Purify My New Bed After the Builder Who Assembled It May Have Transferred Impurity from the Toilet Door Handle?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Muhammad Carr


How can I purify my newly assembled bed, made of unpolished wood, after potential contact with impurity from the builder touching the toilet door handle and light switch? I suffer from severe OCD and struggle with cleanliness due to low iman.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question, which is a sign of your deep faith (iman) and fear of Allah Most High.

Rest assured that impurities do not surround you. In light of the above facts,  the door handle, light switch, and bed slates are all ritually pure and free of ritual impurities.

Gaining Closeness to Allah

The best and quickest path to Allah is the middle path. The middle way is characterized by balanced practice based on sound knowledge. Knowledge is meant to guide our actions, not develop OCD.

We are slaves of Allah meant to worship Him, not our ego, mainly when it manifests as OCD.


The following links have assisted many in combating and overcoming OCD. Please click here for more.

I pray this is of benefit and Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Muhammad Carr

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Muhammad Carr has dedicated his life to studying and transmitting our beautiful deen. His studies have taken him around the globe, where he has benefitted from many luminaries. Under the guidance of his teachers – Shaykh Taha Karan, Shaykh Yaseen Abbas, Shaykh Muadh Ali, and many others – Shaykh Muhammad has grown to appreciate the beauty and benefits of diverse scholarship. He completed his memorization of the Qur’an at Dar al-Ulum Zakariyyah in September 1997 and received an Alimiyya Degree in 2006 from DUAI (Darul Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah). He is also affiliated with Masjid Auwal in Bo Kaap, Cape Town (the oldest mosque in South Africa), where he serves as a co-imam, and Dar Al-Safa, where he has taught since 2018. As a teacher, he imparts the wisdom of our heritage and tradition by opening the door for students. As an imam, he has the unique opportunity to serve his community in daily life. 

In addition to his roles as a teacher and imam, Shaykh Muhammad Carr has contributed significantly to the administrative and advisory aspects of Islamic institutions. Since 2023, he has served as the Administrative Director at The Imam Kurani Institute, contributing to the institution’s growth and development. He continues to pursue traditional Islamic Sciences, possessing a keen interest in Islamic Contract Law and Finance. Shaykh Muhammad has been a Shari’ah Board Member for Islamic Asset Management & Insurance Companies since 2001, aligning financial practices with Islamic principles.