Should I Perform a Ritual Bath for Arousal Fluid?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

Question

I am an unmarried woman but have sexual fantasies (no masturbation or porn, just my imagination) and I noticed some madhiy (arousal fluid) NOT maniy (orgasmic fluid). Should I perform a ghusl (ritual bath) or wudu?

Answer

In the Shafi’i school, you only need to wash the area, wash the clothing that was affected by it because it is impure, and perform ritual purity (wudu).

If this is an ongoing habit, it could worsen, so I urge you to fast or get married to a pious man, if you are able. May Allah give you all the best.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad 
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.