Do I Have To Make Wudu With Contaminated Water?

Question: 

Do I have to make wudu with contaminated water?

Answer:

I hope you are doing well, insha’Allah.

If the water is unsafe to drink but safe for external use, then you can make wudu and rinse the mouth and nose with drinking water.

If the water is even unsafe for external use, then boil water, and store it for wudu and ghusl.

But this, on its own, would not be a sufficient excuse for tayammum. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

 

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani spent ten years studying with some of the leading scholars of recent times, first in Damascus, and then in Amman, Jordan. His teachers include the foremost theologian of recent times in Damascus, the late Shaykh Adib al-Kallas (may Allah have mercy on him), as well as his student Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi, one of the leading Hanafi fuqaha of the present age. He returned to Canada in 2007, where he founded SeekersGuidance in order to meet the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge–both online and on the ground–in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He is the author of: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Faith, Prayer, and the Path of Salvation According to the Hanafi School (White Thread Press, 2004.) Since 2011, Shaykh Faraz has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center.

Is My Wudu Valid if I Pass Gas During the Act?

Question:

Is our wudu valid if we pass gas during wudu, but not after completing it?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. If one passes gas while performing ritual purity (wudu) then one would have to re-start the wudu.

The only exception to this would be a person in a state of chronic annulment (dawam al-hadath). A person with chronic annulment of wudu (da’im al-hadath), for example, because of the constant release of wind, is not obliged to try praying several times without releasing wind. His prayer is perfectly valid, if he has made wudu with an intention suitable to his state and prays his obligatory prayer once, even if he passes wind during the whole wudu and the whole prayer. He is considered to have chronic annulment if he cannot find enough time to be free of breaking his wudu, or if he does find enough time, but is unable to pinpoint when it will occur.

The default for a normal, healthy person, however, is that the wudu is nullified if the gas passes while performing the wudu.

[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 Masters 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.

Does Leakage After Sex Necessitate a Ritual Bath?

Question:
Does leakage after sex necessitate ghusl?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
Thank you for your important question.
May Allah, Most High reward you for your desire to increase in knowledge.
It is not necessary for a woman who finds her husband’s semen leak out of her vagina to repeat the major ablution (ghusl). However, she is required to make a new ablution (wudu).
Any prayer she prayed between intercourse and when she spotted her husband’s semen does not need to be made up. [Ibn Abideen, al-Hashiya]
In the Hanafi school of law, semen is considered impure. The semen that leaks onto a piece of clothing must be cleaned. It is not necessary to clean any liquid impurity below 5cm in diameter.
[Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]
If one finds that they often have this issue and are going out of the house, they should consider using the restroom before leaving or carrying a change of clothes.
And Allah alone knows best,
[Ustadh] Omar Popal
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Must a Woman Perform the Ritual Bath Due to Intermittent Flow? 

Question:
Do women need to perform ghusl due to intermittent flow?
Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
Assalamu ‘alaykum dear sister in faith,
It is normal for women to experience intermittent flow during their menses. The color and heaviness may also vary throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle. Women also experience patterns of flow.  For example, it is common that flow cease at night and resume later the next day. A woman becomes attune to her own patterns and may act upon what she deems to be probable.
Thus, if a brief interruption occurs during menses, during the days of her habit, she can reasonably assume that the flow will resume shortly, and she would not need to perform ghusl.
If, however, the interruption extends or occurs after the days of her habit, she should exercise caution.  She should make use of a vaginal insert (kursuf) to determine the end of her menses (hayd).
If she finds that the discharge is colored (even yellow), she is to consider it as menstrual flow (hayd).
The obligation to perform the ritual bath (ghusl) and resume prayers  would only come into effect once she observes uncolored discharge.
[Birgivi, Dhukhr al-Muta’ahilin]
Allah, Most High, knows best.
[Ustadha] Iman Badawi
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Was My Prayer Valid After I Woke Up Recalling a Dream but Did Not Shower?

Question:

I slept for an hour after maghrib, and I had a strange dream as I usually do. I remember an intimate moment after waking up. I do not remember feeling anything. I was wearing patterned underwear so I could not make out any discharge. I checked myself and found normal vaginal wetness. So, I did not make a ghusl, but I made wudu and prayed as there was no extra wetness and any feelings involved. Is my prayer valid?

Answer:

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question.

Your prayer was valid because you did not see any wetness beyond the usual, therefore you did not require a ritual bath (ghusl). I encourage you to enroll in a free course here at Seekers to learn your personally obligatory knowledge so that you will know answers to questions like this. Also, please see these links about the ritual bath:

Please See:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/wet-dreams-and-ghusl/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/rules-regarding-ghusl-and-wet-dreams-for-men-and-women/
https://islamqa.org/hanafi/seekersguidance-hanafi/107483

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[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 Masters 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.

Is My Ablution Nullified Upon Hearing a Sound?

Question:
Is my ablution nullified upon hearing a sound?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
Thank you for your important question.
May Allah, Most High reward you for your desire to increase in knowledge.
Your ablution (wudu) is not nullified until you are certain that gas left the body, regardless of whether you hear a sound from your stomach.
The Hadith you are referring to is:
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “If one of you feels a disturbance in his stomach and doubts whether he has released some wind or not, then he should not leave the mosque unless he hears its sound or smells (its) odor.”
[Muslim, al-Sahih]
In his commentary on this Hadith, Shaykh Nurul Din al-Itr says: “Hearing a sound or smelling a scent is not a condition for the nullifying of ablution. Rather, the intended meaning behind these words is the attainment of certainty that gas has left the body. [Nurul Din al-Itr, I’ilam al-Anam]
Please consider taking a class on the basic rulings of Purification & Prayer: Class on Worship
And Allah alone knows best,
[Ustadh] Omar Popal
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Do Traces of Stool Nullify My Prayer?

Question:
Do traces of stool nullify my prayer?
Answer:
Dear questioner,
Thank you for your important question.
May Allah, Most High reward you for your desire to increase in knowledge.
Your prayer is valid so long as the amount of impurity on your body was less than 5cm in diameter.
The cleanliness of the body is from the conditions of prayer. Muslims must not only be in a state of ritual ablution (wudu) but also be free from any physical impurity such as blood, urine droplets, feces, etc.
If the impurity is still within the body, then it is not considered.
Ex. If the stool is still within the anus, it is not considered in the nullification of prayer. Once stool exits the anus, then it is considered.
If the impurity has left the body such as blood, urine or stool, then it will be considered as a physical impurity that must be removed or cleansed before praying.
According to the Hanafi school of law, all physical impurity less than 5cm in diameter is looked over. Anything above 5cm will nullify the prayer. [Maydani, al-Lubab]
However, one of the signature traits of a Muslim is the adherence to inward and outward purity at all times.
The Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:  “Purity is half of faith.”
[Muslim, al-Sahih]
And Allah alone knows best,
[Ustadh] Omar Popal
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Area of Pubic Hair Is Mandatory To Remove?

Question:

What area of pubic hair is mandatory to remove?

Answer:

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

It is necessary to remove the pubic hair, within every 40 days. [Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

What is meant by pubic hair is the hair that is on or around the private parts. This includes the hair on the testicles and beneath them. [Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Raiq]

Scholars also recommend the removal of hair near the anus as this is closer to cleanliness, especially with regards to washing after relieving oneself.

 

Natural State of Being (Fitra)

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Five things are from the natural state (fitra): circumcision, shaving the private parts, trimming the nails, plucking the underarm hair, and trimming the moustache.” [Muslim]

 

Frequency of Grooming

The scholars have delineated the rulings of removing pubic hair according to the following frequencies:

1.  Recommended weekly
2. Permitted to delay up to 15 days
3. Prohibitively disliked (sinful) to delay beyond 40 days

[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr wa al-Ibaha]

Anas bin Malik (Allah be pleased with him) said, “Trimming the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking the under-arm hair, and shaving the pubic region have been determined for us that we do not leave them for more than 40 nights.” [Muslim]

 

Methods of Grooming

Any method can be used to remove pubic hair. Shaving is the most conventional method, but any method that does not entail any physical harm or exposing one’s nakedness to any marriageable person (Ajnaby). [Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Raiq]

See the following link for more details:

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/removing-chest-pubic-hair/

I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.

Can I Pray With Blood on Me?

Question:

Is blood filthy? Can you pray with blood on you? What if the blood is mixed with other things?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Allah Most High has said, “He has chosen you and did not impose any hardship on you in the religion.” [Qur’an, 22: 78]

In light of this verse, even though blood is filthy, and even though filth on one’s person breaks the prayer, avoiding it completely is very, very difficult given that we are full of blood and prone to injuries.

Hence, a small amount of blood, even if it is mixed with something else, is always excused in prayer. [Bushra al-Karim, Ba ‘Ishn]

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

 

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

How Do I Deal With the Spreading of Filth That Dried on a Mattress a Decade Ago?

Question: 

I have a mattress that has urine on it from ten years ago. My mom has a habit when she washes her hand to rub them dry on her clothes, and then she sleeps on that mattress. This means that urine spread to her clothes. Then she touches everything. Does this mean that my meal, my clothes, my water, and everything in the house is impure?

Answer: 

Assalamu alaykum,

Thank you for your question. Do not assume that everything is impure in your house, and do not worry about filth transferring from your mother’s hand to anything as there is nothing visible on her hand in the first place. The Devil is just using this opportunity to make your life hard and cause doubt. In addition, if there is a sheet on the mattress, you can assume the sheet is pure, so there is no direct contact with the mattress.

Purifying your mattress will end your baseless misgivings, so please follow the steps in the link below to purify it. There really is no reason to leave urine dried up on a mattress anyway. We were taught by our teachers in Syria, that one’s home should be in a state of purity (even if not clean!) from top to bottom, without any areas of lingering filth, such that if Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him peace, were to enter the home, the state of the home would be suitable for him.

https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/mattress-big-washed-can-remove-filth/

May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[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 Masters 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.