Is Dust from Dried Urine on a Wall Impure?

Shafi'i Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


There is a lime wall in my house that was impure with urine. It is dry now. I was hanging my clothes, and they rubbed against the wall. There was some dust, not thick but slight, and white with a big line of dust on my clothes. I can see that because my clothes’ color is blue.  When I wore those clothes, I was sweaty, and my hand was wet with water so that dust could be impure because there may be some urine?

My entire body or my clothes are impure now. What should I do?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah guide us to that which pleases Him, forgive us for our shortcomings, and alleviate our difficulties, Amin.

We must commence by cautioning you against the possible whispers of the devil (waswasa), who uses tricks to overcomplicate things under the guise of piety, but is merely keeping you preoccupied from Allah.

You need not do anything other than dust yourself and your clothing. The wall was dry and therefore no impurity was passed onto you from the dust. [Shirbini, Mughni Al-Muhtaj]

And Allah knows best.

I pray this is of benefit.
[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.
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