How Do I Purify Pots, Water Bottles, etc., If They Contain Impurities?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have a question regarding the purification of stuff like pots, water bottles, etc. Suppose it contains some impurity. I pour water in to clean it, but it stays in the vessel; thus, it is considered standing water if I’m right. Because of that, it will be impure water, so I don’t get how I am supposed to get rid of the impure water because all the water I would pour into would mix with it.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

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

When washing pots, containers, and bottles, it is essential to rinse out all the impurities thoroughly first. While doing so, one should also drain the water as and when needed until the items are completely clean. One should not keep the water inside of the container.

Utensils, pots, and bottles are washed – whether by hand, sink, or in a dishwasher, with or without soap – once done, they would be considered pure and permissible to use.

[Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

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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.