Am I Required to Wash My Rectum Merely Due to the Rectum Swelling and Sticking Out?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I have a problem and I dont know how to deal with it. When I wash myself I notice these lumps coming out of my rectum and going back in. I don’t know if this is normal but does it need to be washed everytime I do wudu? Because it is the inside of my rectum that just comes out and I dont know if it has feces on it but I assume it does. Do I have to check everytime I do wudu if there is feces? I did that for a while and there wasnt really anything? It is not like there is feces coming out or anything but the inside of my rectum swells and sticks out and I dont know if it causes feces to spread around. So my question is can I just wash myself after defecating and thats it or do I have to check everytime for feces.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

No. You are not required to wash your rectum except after you actually pass stool. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat Maraqi al-Falah]

Aside from this, there is no requirement, nor is it a good practice to look at your rectum to check for impurities. Assume there is no impurity unless you defecate.

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[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
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Shaykh Yusuf Weltch teaches Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he completed four years at the Darul Uloom Seminary in New York, where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences.

He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he studied for three years in Dar al-Mustafa under some of the most outstanding scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib.

In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Quran and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Quranic exegesis, Islamic history, and several texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.