Have I Spread Filth If I See Madhy Exiting after a Bath?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad


I had madhy discharge, but I took a bath before the madhy stopped.  I checked after the bath, and still, madhy was coming out. In this situation, when the bath water from my body goes to my private part and drips to the floor, is this water filthy (najis)? What should I do in this situation? I don’t know if this is waswasa; please give me a clear and detailed answer from the view of Shafi’i madhhab.


Thank you for your question. I believe this is a case of baseless misgivings (waswasa), and I encourage you to ignore it completely.


Please note that the exiting of madhy only requires one to make ablution (wudu) and purify the areas of clothing that were affected by it. One is not obliged to perform a ritual bath (ghusl).

I also doubt it is madhy (arousal discharge), and I suspect it is wady. This normal and healthy discharge occasionally exits from a man, sometimes upon lifting something heavy. I recommend you ignore it entirely and consider your floor and yourself ritually pure. Certainty is not lifted by doubt.

I recommend you review your obligatory knowledge with our Absolute Essentials course so that questions like this cannot cause you doubt.

Please see these links as well:
Should I Perform a Ceremonial Bath (Ghusl), Assuming Wadi?
How Do I Clean Pre-Sexual Fluid That Is on the Floor? (Shafi’i)

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafsir, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin and completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She later moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.