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How Can I Overcome These Extreme Difficulties During Wudu, Istinja and Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum,

1) During Istinja in order to empty my bowel and clean the anus fully, I insert my fingers inside the anus and use warm water. Is this the correct way?

2) After having a wet dream, when I do ghusl I feel that the water that splashes from my body and hits the shower cube walls and surroundings is impure. Can you give me a solution for this problem as it is extremely distressing?

3) During wudu I also spend too much time, I spend sometimes 20 minutes on wudu. I feel that I don’t wash the necessary parts of the body properly and thoroughly.Can you give me a solution for this?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

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

(1) The istinja’ is to clean the point of exit. If filth spreads onto your body, this obviously needs to be cleaned too by wiping it away and then washing the area. Everything else that you are doing is based on your emotions and not the Sacred Law.

(2) The solution is to wipe away the filth and wash the area before stepping into the shower. See: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

(3) These are misgivings. Wash your limbs thrice and move on. Your feelings are of no consideration. Seek refuge in Allah from the devil, and ask Allah to lift your difficulties. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

Please consider taking the following free class: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

How Can a Woman Differentiate Between Mani and Madhi?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salaamu alaykum,

I am confused about when ghusl is obligatory on me, I cannot differentiate between mani and madhi How can I do this?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

The ritual bath (ghusl) is obligatory after the release of ejaculate (mani) which normally follows a sexual climax (orgasm).

Pre-sexual fluid (madhi), on the other hand, is released during sexual excitement, yet only necessitates a ritual ablution (wudu).

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

Is It Valid to Make a Conditional Intention When Performing a Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:As salamu alaykum,

Is it valid to make a conditional intention when performing a ghusl?

An example would be: “if there is any ritual impurity, then I intend the fard bath. Otherwise I intend the sunna bath.”

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

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

An intention isn’t a necessary condition for the validity of the ritual bath (ghusl). However, you should not have misgivings regarding whether or not you need to perform a ritual bath. Say the ta`awwudh, act on the basis of surety, and ignore misgivings.

See also: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings) and: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

What Is the Extent of the Investigations One Has to Take After Having a Wet Dream?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:As salaamu alaykum,

Should I check my urine after having a wet dream even if I didn’t found any signs of sexual fluids on my underwear upon waking up?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

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

If there was nothing there upon awakening, you do not need to perform a ritual bath (ghusl). What you mention thereafter is of no consequence, and it involves too much investigation and thinking– and this is not the time nor place for it.

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

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can I Perform a Tayamum to Remove My Major Ritual Impurity If I Find Water but No Proper Bathroom?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question:As salaamu alaykum,

I was in need of ghusl at a place where water and sink was available but no facility for a proper ghusl. I know that tayamum can be done when there is no water but I had water. I just did not have a place to pour itself on me. What should I have done to pray?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

The dry ablution (tayammum) would only be valid in the case that you had an excuse for it, such as being distant, at least over a mile or so, from water.

Otherwise, you could have potentially poured water over yourself in a place where people could not have seen you, and whilst keeping your nakedness covered.

But, obviously, the ideal thing to do is to plan ahead such that it wouldn’t cause you to miss your prayer.

And Allah knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Will My Fast Break by Inhaling Incidentally the Steam From a Shower? Up to Where Should I Wash My Mouth and Nose During Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum.

1. Will my fast break by inhaling the steam from a shower?

2. Up to where should the mouth and the nose be washed during ghusl?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

(1) No, incidentally breathing in the steam from a shower will not break your fast.

(2) Wash your entire mouth up to the back of the throat, and nose up to the hard part.

Please consider taking the following free class: Absolute Essentials of Islam: Basic Hanafi Jurisprudence (STEP)

And see also: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts and: The Complete Guide to Fasting

And Allah alone knows best.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Can You Advise Me on How to Make a Ghusl Quickly?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

I used to masturbate, I feel really guilty about this and want to make up for the sins I have commited by doing this.
I keep getting negative thoughts when I try to make ghusl that I haven’t cleaned a certain area properly, or water hasn’t reached everywhere.
Can you advise me on how to make ghusl quickly?

Also I have broken my left arm. Although I am right handed, I can’t reach some areas when making ghusl because of this, what should I do in this situation?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

With a standard shower, you can easily make a complete ritual bath (ghusl) within a minute.

What is obligatory is to wash your mouth and nose, and pour water over your entire body. If you cannot reach a particular area, use the shower head and consider it washed. Ignore any misgivings, and ask Allah for ease and facilitation.

For a list of the sunnas of the ritual bath, please see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts

Please see: A Reader on Pornography and Masturbation and: A Reader on Tawba (Repentance)

And Allah alone gives success.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Does Entering the Finger Into the Vagina Necessitate a Ritual Bath?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

Does entering the finger into the vagina necessitate a ritual bath?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

No, entering the finger into the vagina does not necessitate a ritual bath (ghusl).

What necessitates it is the entrance of the tip of the male organ into the front or rear of another person.

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

And Allah alone gives success.

في مراقي الفلاح: ( و ) منها ( توارى حشفة ) هي رأس ذكر آدمي مشتهى حي احترز به عن ذكر البهائم والميت والمقطوع والمصنوع من جلد والأصبع وذكر صبي لا يشتهى اهـ.

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

When Should Someone Perform a Ghusl After a Dry Orgasm? (Shafi’i School)

Answered by Ustadh Shuaib Ally

Question: Assalam alaykum,

1. Masturbating with the intention of having a dry orgasm or a retrograde ejaculation: Is the sin in masturbating itself or in ejaculating?

2. Masturbating without any manual stimulation: is it permissible?

3. If a man does not ejaculate (sperm does not leave the penis), but orgasms does he have to do ghusl?

4. In the case of Retrograde Ejaculation, where the sperm comes out with the urine possibly hours after the orgasm has taken place, is the ghusl necessary?

5. If someone masturbates without any sperm coming out (so it could be either dry or retrograde), then urinates and has doubts (does not remember to see if the urine is cloudy or not, or is unable to discern if it is cloudy or not), then does he have to do ghusl?

6. After having Retrograde Ejaculation, can a person do their wudu and pray if they have not urinated during that period?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

According to the Shafi’i school:

1.Masturbating without due cause, with the intention of a dry orgasm or retrograde ejaculation, is still considered impermissible. Masturbating as the alternative to illicit intercourse is not considered impermissible.

2.A person must perform ghusl after semen exits the penis, irrespective of its cause and when it occurs. If it occurs without manual stimulation, it is not technically considered masturbation.

3.If a man does not ejaculate (i.e. sperm does not leave the penis), but orgasms, he does not have to perform ghusl. This is if the cause is other than intercourse, which in and of itself necessitates ghusl.

4.It would be necessary in the case of retrograde ejaculation for a person to perform ghusl after urinating, because he is reasonably certain that semen has exited with the urine.

5.If someone urinates following a dry or retrograde orgasm, he can be reasonably certain, without inspecting his urine, that semen has exited the penis along with the urine. He would then have to perform ghusl. In other circumstances, if a person does not recall semen exiting, or is unable to discern if it has, he does not have to perform ghusl.

6.A person can perform wudu and pray after a retrograde ejaculation, because semen has not exited the penis.

Shuaib Ally

Is My Ritual Bath Valid despite Finding Some Substance on My Pubic Hair?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalamu alaikum,

After doing ghusl, I noticed that some crusty substance was still attached to some hairs around the pubic region. I think it is dried sperm. Is my ghusl valid and the filth removed in this case?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

If water reaches your entire body, your ritual bath (ghusl) is valid.

And if some filth remains on your body, you would remove it and wash that particular area, without performing the entire ghusl again.

Ignore misgivings and investigation. [see: A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)]

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

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani