When Does One Need to Perform Ghusl From a Wet Dream?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question: When does one need to perform ghusl from a wet dream?

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

Hope this finds you in the best of faith

Noticing Wetness When Awaking

If you wake up and notice wetness you must perform ghusl regardless of whether you saw any dreams or not. If you have a dream but do not see any wetness when awaking ghusl is not necessary. The basis in this matter is the wetness, not the dream.

When Does A State of Impurity Occur?

The ghusl will only be necessary when semen comes out to the visible surface of the private part. Thus, you are not obliged to push out the semen. If it has not come out to the surface you are still pure and only when it comes out fully will you need to perform ghusl.

Applying Caution

Although it is not obligatory to check oneself for impurity when awaking a quick glance would be a cautious stance for one who often has nocturnal emissions. If nothing is visible when you are not in a state of impurity.

[Reference: Maraqi al-Falah; Hashiyah Ibn Abidin]

May Allah bless you

Allahu A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf WeltchDre

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.

Bad Dreams and What They Mean

Shaykh Jamir Meah gives a detailed answer on bad dreams, waking up emotionally distraught from them, and how one should deal with them.


Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

What does it mean when you have a bad dream, you cry in the dream and wake up crying?


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Some dreams carry meanings, and others are merely subconscious processing and filtering of emotions, stimuli, memories, and information absorbed from the waking state. Other dreams are inspired by God, and others are from the whispering of the devil. Some dreams are true and some are false.

This is confirmed through the saying of the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, “Dreams are of three types: The good dream which is good tidings from Allah; the upsetting dream which causes pain is from the satan; and the third one is a suggestion of one’s own mind.” (Muslim)

While it is not possible to give an interpretation of your dream, given the upsetting nature of your dream and your reaction upon waking, consider it as belonging to the second type of dreams, from the mischief of the devil.

What to Do upon Seeing a Bad Dream

In the same hadith mentioned above, the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, gave us instructions on what to do upon waking up from a distressing dream, “So if any one of you sees a dream which he does not like he should stand up and offer prayer and he should not relate it to people.”

In another narration, he, blessings and peace be upon him, advised, “Good dreams are from Allah, so if any one of you sees something which he likes he should not disclose it to one but whom he loves, but if he sees something which he does not like he should spit on his left side thrice and seek refuge with Allah from the mischief of the Satan and its [the dream’s] mischief, and he should not relate it to anyone, then it will not harm him.” (Muslim)

He, blessings and peace be upon him, also said, “When one of you sees a bad dream let him blow three times on his left, seek refuge in Allah from the Satan three times [i.e., by saying, A‘udhu billahi min al shaytan al rajim] and change the side on which he was lying.”

Protection when Sleeping

The sunna of the Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, gives us not only solutions to the problems, but also the preventive prescriptions to avoid situations and harm. Therefore, we find a comprehensive outline of bedtime etiquette which affords protection during sleep. For further details, please see How Can I Protect Myself From Bad Dreams? and Praiseworthy Acts to Do Before Sleeping.

Warmest salams,


Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Strange Dreams and Night Behavior

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: I was wondering if you could shed some light on the below.

What is the reality/meaning behind people who behave bizarrely during the sleep. I sometimes speak, get-up and do stuff and have what can be described as total mumble-jumble dreams (completely non-sense stuff). I often dismiss the dreams but what worries me is the getting out the bed and doing stuff in my sleep.

However, I am very steadfast in reciting the Quls and Ayahtul Kursi before sleeping.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health states.

As long as you are taking the means prescribed by the sunna to ward off the devil, then you should not be worried any jinn involvement with respect to your dreams or behavior during sleep. You might want to consult a physician to see if there is an underlying medical condition that can be dealt with.

The means to ward off the devil include:

(a) Seek refuge in Allah Most High, by saying, A’udhu bi Llahi min ash-shaytani r-rajim [Bukhari, Muslim]; and recite Ayat al-Kursi, as well as the last three surahs (Ikhlas, Falaq, Nas) [Tabarani, Mu’jam Kabir].

These verses can be recited after each prayer once, and in the morning and evening three times each.

(b) Be consistent in remembrance of Allah (dhikr). Dhikr is a powerful fortress that blocks out the devil’s whisperings, which are in reality of no power or consequence. As Ibn Ata’illah states, “If the devil is not heedless of you, then do not you be heedless of the One in Whose Hand is your forelock.” Allah is in full control. Allah created the devil to spur us forward in our journey to Him Most High.

(c) Find good company—people who make much remembrance of Allah, and who remind you to do the like.

(d) Learn sacred knowledge under righteous scholars so you know the reality of the Sacred Law and its limits. Implement what you learn. The more sound knowledge one has of the religion, the more empowered one is to deal with the devil.
(e) Maintain a strong relationship with the Qur’an, reading some portion daily, however little. Make sure you pray all five prayers on time, and try to attend the mosque for as many of the five as you can.

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

The Chaining of Shayateen (Devils) During Ramadan

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

Question:  Assalamu alaikum. I was recently fortunate enough to spend some time in Makkah during Ramadan. I had a bad dream (I will not go into any detail) but was surprised as I previously understood bad dreams to be from shayateen and good dreams from Allah SWT.

How is it possible to have a bad dream if the shayateen are locked away in Ramadan?

JazakhAllah khair.

Answer: Wa’alaikum assalaam warahamtu Allahi wabarakatuh,

May Allah ta’ala accept your Ramadan.

The Prophet peace and blessings of Allah upon him, said, “When Ramadan enters the doors of the Heavens are opened, the doors of Hell are closed, and the shayateen are chained.” (Bukhari, Muslim, and others)

However, because sins and other evil occurrences related to the devil still go on during Ramadan, scholars interpreted the last part of the hadith “the shayateen are chained” in different ways.

1.  It refers to those shayateen that try to stealthily listen to the reports of the Heavens.

2. It means that the shayateen are not able to incite the Muslims in Ramadan to the same extent they can at other times so they become “as though” they are chained.

3.  “Shayateen” here refers to some of them, namely the intensely evil ones amongst them.

4.  It means the lessening of evil during Ramadan. This is because even if all of them are chained, there will still be evil since evil has other sources e.g. immoral persons, vile traits, and evil people.

5.  It means they are chained for certain things, not everything and for certain people, not all.

(Ibn Hajr, Fath al-Bari and Imam Nawawi, Sharh Muslim)

InshaAllah that clarifies your question. BarakAllahu feekum.


Shaista Maqbool

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