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Can I Perform the Ablution (Wudu) or the Ritual Bath (Ghusl) With Water Mixed With Soap?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum,

Can I perform the ablution or the ritual bath (Ghusl) with water mixed with soap?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

You can only perform the ablution (wudu) or the ritual bath (ghusl) with water.

Allah Most High says, “and sent down water from the sky to cleanse you.” [8.11]

As for general cleaning, using soaps is fine as they are not used for purificatory purposes, legally. And even if they are mixed with water, they do not condition the water such that it cannot be used.

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wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

To What Extent Should I Go in Checking the Nature of a Discharge After Waking Up?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum,

I am a woman who barely dare to go to bed because I’m so afraid of having a wet dream.

Is there any reason for concern by seeing regular discharge after waking up but in large quantity? To what extent should I go in checking the nature of this discharge?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

Assume it is regular discharge, and don’t pay any attention to the whisperings of the devil.

Certainty isn’t lifted by doubts, nor subsequent doubts. If there is no clear sign of a sexual climax, and there was no erotic dream, you should continue as normal without taking a bath.

Please also see: Rules Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women and: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Do I Need to Repeat the Ritual Bath (Ghusl) If I Find a Small Amount of Dirt on My Skin Afterwards?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum.

Do I need to repeat the ritual bath (ghusl) if I find a small amount of dirt on my skin afterwards?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

No, dirt would not be considered a preventative barrier unless it was so thick and hardened that water wouldn’t normally penetrate it. This is more likely to be the case with something akin to clay.

Otherwise, and even if assumed to be preventative, you would only need to remove it and wash the area beneath it as washing the entire body at the same time is not a condition for the validity of the ritual bath (ghusl).

Allah Most High said, “if required, wash your whole body.” [5.6]

Please see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah alone knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Does a Ritual Bath (Ghusl) Eliminate the State of Minor Ritual Impurity? (Shafi’i)

Answered by Shaykh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

Does performing a basic ritual bath (ghusl) eliminate any need to make wudu? Is there a need to have a specific intention? Should the limbs be washed in order?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

In the Shafi’i school, performing ghusl with the intention of performing an obligatory ghusl and washing one’s entire body stands in the place of performing wudu. That is, one doing so would also lift the state of minor ritual impurity.

One would not have to have the intention to lift both states, as lifting the major state also covers the minor state.

One would also not have to wash the limbs in order, as ghusl does not have an obligatory order.

Source: al-Hawashi al-Madaniyyah

Shuaib Ally

Is It Problematic to Use Soap During the Ritual Bath (Ghusl)?

Answered by SeekersHub Answers Service

Question: Assalam’aleykum,

1. Can i just check that if by “confirmed” we mean Sunnah Muakadah?

2. If someone washes their body with water, and then rubs and washes off soap, does this fulfill the washing and rubbing required for the ghusl?

3.If a shower is kept on whilst doing the wudhu, is this considered wastefulness? Would it be somewhat disliked or Prohibitively Disliked?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

1. The Confirmed Sunna (sunna muakkada) is that which our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) or the Companions did most of the time (and was not of worldly habits)

Please see: The Rulings of the Sacred Law

2. Liquids are, broadly, of two types:

– Pure and purifying, such as unconditioned water.

This may be used for purification (i.e. wudu and ghusl) as well as removing filth (najasa).

– Pure but not purifying, such as juice, tea, vinegar, etc.

This may be not be used for purification, but may still be used to remove filth according to the Hanafi school.

Detergent or soap does not affect the unconditioned nature of water in the Hanafi school. [Ala’ al-Din Abidin, Gifts of Guidance]

3. Using excessive amounts of water is wasteful. Wastefulness (israf) is blameworthy in wudu, as the sunna is to use a moderate amount of water. [`Ala’ al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Avoiding wastefulness is a general command in Islam, as many hadiths explain.

The fuqaha explain that slight wastefulness is blameworthy. Excessive wastefulness is sinful. Thinking that performing an action in a wasteful manner is the sunna (or optimal way) makes it both sinful and an reprehensible innovation (bid`a).

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wassalam,

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Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Many Liters of Water Is Considered Sunna to Use for the Ritual Bath?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum. 

How many liters is a sa’ of water?

How many liters of water is considered sunna for women to use for the ritual bath?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

The measure of water that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) used for ablution (wudu) was approximately one litre (mudd), and for the ritual bath (ghusl), four litres (sa`) as mentioned in the tradition of Bukhari and Muslim.

The jurists tell us that we should be wary of using too little or too much water, both of which are blameworthy, yet at the same time striving to behave in a manner which will be most pleasing to Allah Most High.

[`Itr, I`lam al-Anam Sharh Bulugh al-Maram]

Please see: How Can I Avoid Taking 20 Minutes to Make Wudu? and: Global Warming and Wastefulness

And Allah alone knows best.​

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

When Should I Wash My Nose and Mouth During the Ritual Bath(Ghusl)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

I know that washing nose and mouth is obligatory during ghusl but when should I do it?

Last time after washing my head I washed mouth and nose. Was my ghusl was valid?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Yes, your ritual bath (ghusl) was valid, and you do not need to repeat any prayers.

The obligation is to wash your mouth and nose, and pour water over your entire body. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Allah Most High says, “if required, wash your whole body” [5.6]

If you wash your mouth and nose prior to the ritual bath itself, it suffices, and you need not repeat this washing during the bath itself.

Please also see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

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

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is It Obligatory for Women to Wash All Their Hair After Intercourse?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Do women have to wash their hair fully after intercourse? What if one has dry hair and does not want to wash it more than once/twice a week to keep it healthy? What if one has spent time and a fortune in straightening her hair?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

After sexual intercourse, the entire body must be washed. However, there is a dispensation for women in that they can braid their hair before bathing, and then only wash to the roots of the head itself, and not all of the hair on the head.

Umm Salama asked the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) about her braided hair and the ritual bath (ghusl) and he said, “it suffices for you to throw three handfuls of water over your head.” [Tirmidhi]

Please also see: Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It?

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Do I Need to Perform a Ghusl Because of the Exiting of Pre-Sexual Fluid (Madhi)?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

Is it obligatory to perform a Bath (Ghusl) if pre-sexual fluid comes out due to sexual thoughts or watching something sexual?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

Pre-sexual fluid (madhi) invalidates the ritual ablution, but does not necessitate a bath (ghusl) because baths are only required from those things which enter a person into a state of major ritual impurity (janabah). [see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts]

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And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can a Woman Braid Her Hair Just Before Performing a Ghusl to Avoid to Wash All of It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salam alaykum,

1. Does a woman’s hair need to be braided prior the act which has resulted in Ghusl (relations with her husband…) or can she just breaid them before she enters the shower?

2. Is it still valid if a female has her hair in a “bun” whereby the top/root of her head will predominantly be wet but the rest of her long hair will not be?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.

(1) No, she only needs to have her hair braided before beginning her shower.

(2) No, the dispensation relates to braids and not simply having your hair tied up. As such, she would need to let her hair down and wash all of it.

Please also see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani