How Do I Clean the Toilet Seats?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I often feel like urine got onto the toilet seat, so when I got up, I sprayed the Muslim shower on the toilet seat (as I read on seekers guidance, it is enough to purify the seat), but as I did so, splashes came on my feet and pumps. I washed my feet, but as I was wearing pumps and they can’t be washed easily, so I just stopped wearing them, assuming they were impure. Is that true?


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

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

Toilet Seats: Wash or Wipe?

If the seat has liquid impurity, wiping the seat dry is sufficient to make the seat pure. In your case, you could’ve done without a wash with the Muslim shower. The splashes from the Muslim shower were pure and clean; do not worry.

If a toilet seat is dry, impurities do not transfer to the one sitting on it. However, if one can do so without difficulty and has the means to, one may prefer to wash the seat- this is discretionary and not an obligation.

Note that all liquid is considered pure until proven otherwise. One should not assume that drops of water on a seat are impure. [Tahtawi, Hashiyat al-Tahtawi ‘ala Maraqi al-Falah]

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.