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My Home Is Always Full of Filth. What Can I Do?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

In our home no one can keep cleanliness from filth. Every things and every places have filth and every person get filth. How to deal with this situation?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

The basic assumption is that objects and places are ritually pure.

Holding otherwise is mere conjecture and not acceptable without clear proof. Having said that, there is also no obligation to investigate into such matters. Perform the ritual ablution (wudu) and then pray just like other local, practising Muslims do.

Please also see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

To What Length Should I Go to Determine If Filth Is Present in a Room?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

To what length does one go to determine if filth is present [visible or invisible] by way of colour, taste, smell in a room?

Answer: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah,

You don’t need to go to any lengths to determine if “filth is present” because the basis in such matters is purity, unless there are clear signs to the contrary.

The signs, here, would be the traces of filth—i.e., color and smell. In  absence of this, we act according to our operating certainty, namely, purity, and ignore satanic misgivings.

If you are struggling with regular doubts and misgivings, I’d suggest reading The OCD Workbook, and particularly the section on Scrupulosity.

[Birgivi, al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya (542)]

Please also see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings).

Consider taking the following free class at SeekersHub: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP).

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

Wassalam,

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

How Do I Clean Filth off Clothing? (Video)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

How do I clean filth off clothing?

Answer:  Wa alaykum  assalam,

Here is a video answer to this question by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani:

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

What Can I Do About Misgivings Regarding Filth?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I’m in a serious predicament. I have fallen into extreme waswas. It’s takes me up to an hour to pray one prayer. I am completely lost about whether filth has affected me or not, especially in the washroom. What should I do?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

Try to get to the local mosque, and make your ritual washing (wudu) and prayer there. Do nothing more and nothing less than everybody else.

And remember that this is a psychological problem, not a religious one, so you need to find a counsellor or specialist who can help you recover from this.

Also, I’d suggest reading The OCD Workbook, by Bruce Hyman, and particularly the section on Scrupulosity.

Please also see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings) and: Key Principles Relating to Certainty, Doubt, and Baseless Misgivings (waswasa) and: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

Can I Use Wet Paper Towels to Clean Filth off of My Body?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Would it be permissible for us to use wet paper towels to clean filth off of our body? Say hypothetically if a drop of urine or flip owing blood fell on my exposed thigh could I use a wet paper towel to remove it or would I have to wash it off?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, you cannot remove filth from the body using wet paper towels because you must use something which removes the filth, such as water, and not something which will cause the filth to spread.

This is unless you squeeze the water out from the paper towel, and subsequently use that water to remove the filth, if there is a sufficient amount of it.

If your body is affected by actual impurity, such as a splash of urine, and not a fine spray, or mere misgivings, you simply wash the area by pouring water over it once, and rubbing it. This is sufficient.

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah (1.229)]

Please see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.

People May Have Walked on Filth in My Room: Has It Spread All over My House?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu,

My blanket that was soiled with mani went onto the floor in my room. After smelling both the blanket and the floor, it seemed as though the filth had transferred on to the floor. To make matters worse, others had entered my room and I am almost certain that their slippers have contracted the filth. I felt I had to smell some of their slipper soles. I fear that our prayers are not being accepted due to the spread of filth in the house. Should I act upon my concerns?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

You should wash away the filth from the blanket. If there are any traces of the filth on the carpet, you should also wash that area.

As for smelling carpets and slippers, this is contrary to proper decorum and not called upon by the Sacred Law.

Ignore misgivings, even if strong. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

Please see: How Do We Purify Filthy Grout in Between Smooth Tiles?

And Allah alone gives success.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Are the Urine, Feces and Vomit of a Baby Filthy According to the Maliki School?

Answered by Ustadh Tariq Abdul-Rasheed
Question: Do the urine, stool, vomit etc of a baby count as najasa in the maliki madhab? The baby is both breast fed and formula fed.
Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, and blessings and peace upon our master Muhammad, his family, companions and those who follow their noble way.
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Impurity of Urine and Feces
Urine and feces are both considered impure in the Maliki school whether from a child or an adult. [Hashiya Dusuqi]
Purity of Vomit and Burping (Belching)
Vomit is considered pure unless the color, taste or smell of it has changed from the original state of food after having been settled in the stomach. This is usually discernible if the vomit has acidified and/or has a foul odor. Vomit would also be considered impure if it resembles feces [Hashiya Dusuqi]
Burping accompanied with food or liquid (known as qalas) is considered pure unless it resembles feces. [Hashiya Dusuqi]
The difference between vomit and burping is that vomit is what is forced up from the stomach after having settled in the stomach. Whereas, burping accompanied with food or liquid is what is forced up from the stomach as a result of a full stomach. However, the food or drink never actually settles in the stomach.
Dispensation from removing filth for mothers and wet-nurses
Due to the difficulty of remaining free from filth while nursing a child the scholars have allowed a dispensation for nursing mothers and wet nurses. Meaning that if due precaution is taken to prevent impurities from reaching the body and clothes when the child urinates or defecates it is recommended and not obligatory to remove the filth (from the body or clothing) if it is excessive (even if she sees the filth).
This ruling also applies if she is in doubt about whether or not filth is on her body or clothing. That is, she is not obliged nor is it recommended to sprinkle water on her body or clothing if she has doubts about filth being on them.
Finally, it is recommended for her to have a separate set of clothes for prayer but not obligatory. [Hashiya Dusuqi]
This dispensation is based on the following verses of the Holy Quran and is the well-known opinion of the Maliki school:
“He has chosen you and has not placed upon you in the religion any difficulty.” [Surah Hajj: 87]
“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity.” [Surah Baqarah: 286]
“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Surah Sharh: 5]
Baraka Allahu feekum and Allah knows best.
Tariq Abdul-Rasheed

Wet Fingers Inside the Body While Washing the Private Parts and Fasts

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamu aleikum,
I always thought to enter a state of purity one must clean the anal area completely and that would require using wet fingers inside the anus. I think many of my fasts were invalidated due to water entering my body through this channel. What should I do to clean myself properly while not invalidating my fasts?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
No, your fasts at not invalid.
During the istinja, what is a confirmed sunna is to clean the point of exit.
That which is beyond it, and on the body, must be washed away. As for what is on the inside, this does not have to be cleaned, and you are not called upon nor responsible for cleaning it.
Note that cleaning the point of exit is a sunna, and therefore if left, would not prevent the validity of your prayers. In general, you should be wary of cleaning yourself in the manner you have described, particularly as it may also be harmful to your body.
Please see: How to Wash Filth From the Private Parts [Istinja]? and: What is the Best Way to Clean Oneself After Using the Toilet?
See also: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)
And Allah alone gives success.
Wassalam,
Tabraze Azam
Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Does a Mixture of Water and Filth on a Limb Require Cleansing? (Maliki)

Answered by Ustadh Tariq Abdul-Rasheed
Question: If you wash the impurity off and the water (najas) runs down your leg is it necessary to wash that limb?
Answer: In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful
If washing a limb and the ad-mixture of water and filth runs down the limb then the area that is effected should be cleansed if one remembers and is able to remove it. This is based on the opinion that removing filth from body, clothing and place of prayer is an obligation if one remembers and is able to.
If one prays forgetfully or was able to remove the filth from their body, clothing or place of prayer (meaning the places where the limbs touch); but did not, it is recommended to re-make the prayer in its time. [Imam Dardir: Sharh Saghir]
Allah (Most High) knows best
Tariq Abdul-Rasheed

The Effect of Filth on Ritual Ablution and Praying When Time is Exiting

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu aleykum.

[1] If I get a another person’s or animal’s blood, urine, or feces on my body, will that break my wudu?

[2] What if you see that you have one minute left before the current prayer time is over. You are in a state of wudu but you know that you can not finish the first raka of the current prayer before the time is over. Should you start prayer or wait until the time is over and pray it as a qada?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

[1] The legal cause for the nullification of your wudu is the exiting of filth from your person. As for being affected by filth from another person or an animal, this would follow the rules of removing filth. Thus you would wash away the filth, yet your wudu would remain unaffected.

[2] You should complete the prayer as normal because the exiting of the time is only invalidating at Fajr. Please see: Is My Prayer Valid if I Finish Praying Outside its Respective Prayer Time?

I’d highly advise taking: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship (STEP)

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani