Does Spraying Water on Filth Produce Filthy Splashes?

Answered by Ustadh Sufyan Qufi


My query is concerning is about some amount of Urine on the Floor and tap water falling on it. Are the splashes resulting from this filthy?


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

I pray this finds you in the best of states.

As long as traces of filth (smell, color, taste) won’t appear in the splashes of water, those splashes will be deemed pure. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

You don’t have to taste those splashes to check! Being confident that those splashes are free from these traces is enough to deem them pure. [Ibid]

The reason for the ruling is that the tap water you are pouring on the filth is pure and running. It will not become filthy when mixed with filth, except if traces of the filth are manifested in the running water. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]

Splashes are, of course, the running tap water after it has been mixed with the filth. Since splashes are still in movement, the tap water is still considered to be running water.

It is only a small body of still water that becomes filthy by merely mixing with filth, even if no trace of filth is manifested in the small body of water. [Ibid]

If, on the other hand, there is blood on the floor, for example, and the splashes are red, then those splashes will be deemed filthy because the color of the filth is manifested in them.

And Allah knows best.
[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.