Does Wearing Ear Correctors Affect the Validity of My Ghusl?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Behind my ears, I wear ear correctors which involve sticking the back of my ears to my head to prevent them from sticking out too much. They are waterproof and last a few weeks at a time. Taking them on and off frequently reduces their efficacy and they are relatively expensive. Would my ghusl be permissible if I left it on?

Answer

Unfortunately, they would affect the validity of your ghusl. A fard ghusl will not be valid with them on. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah] See if you can find a cheaper alternative or another solution for this issue. It should be possible if it’s just a case of an adhesive surface.

If you can’t find anything then see that the cost is still low for the gift of being a Believer who knows what Allah wants from him and who is able to carry out those commands. This is priceless as its fruit lasts forever in Paradise. “Whatever you spend of the good Allah is well aware of it.“ [Quran, 2:215]

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim
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.