What Should One Do if One Wakes Up from an Erotic Dream, Sees No Fluid On Her Garments, Goes Back to Sleep, and Wakes Up to see Dried Fluid?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I need guidance on a matter; I woke up from a dream that was sexual and checked my undergarments to see no many or madhy, so I went back to sleep. When I woke up and used the bathroom, I saw the dried discharge, which I am unsure is madhy or Many. Should I perform a ghusl? I do not know if it is from the dream and do not know the nature of the fluid. I also need help quitting the sinful act of masturbation – I have stopped and gone a week or so without it, then at some point at night, when I sleep, I wake up from a dream that has caused arousal and some discharge and also I wonder if I have masturbated or just had the dream.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

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

You will perform a ritual bath (ghusl). It seems that the dried-up fluid was from the sexual dream you had, even though you went back to sleep initially.

Upon remembering a wet dream and finding wetness upon yourself, a ritual bath (ghusl) is obligatory for you to perform to pray, except if you are sure that this wetness is merely a sweat or post-urinal fluid (wadi).

[ʿAla’uddin ‘Ibn ʿAbidin, Al-Hadiyya al-Ala’iyya]

A Big Step Forward -Acknowledgement

Firstly, acknowledging a sin and seeking guidance is a huge step forward. Just like you have taken the courage to seek guidance, now just read up on the resources and find the guidance that suits you to move away from it. Before bed, start with two daily rakats of Prayer of Repentance (Salat al-Tawba).

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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.