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Stains Remain on Clothing After Washing It

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: If there is still a small amount of impurity on the clothing despite using a jug of water, is it considered clean?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

If the filth is visible, one would need to remove the body of it. Any traces that are difficult to remove thereafter would be excused. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Hence, if one removes the main body of the filth, washes the area with water (with some rubbing to clean), and some traces of the filth still remain, one can assume purity.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Must One’s Underwear Be Free From Filth Before Praying?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: My question is, if it drips in tiny amounts in our underwear specifically, is our underwear included in the clothing that must be washed before we enter Salat, or is it only outer garments that need to be clean?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits, insha’Allah.

Yes, one’s under garments are included in that which must be clean before initiating one’s prayer.

However, up to 5cm in diameter of liquid filth on one’s body or clothing would be excused. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Please see: What Should I Do About Left Over Drops of Urine?

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Do Eye and Nose Mucus Affect the Validity of Wudu or Ghusl?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: When I wake up in the morning, I always have some residue under my eyes and I also get this residue throughout the day which apparently is “combination of tears and sinus mucus that has seeped thru your tear ducts”. When I make wudu , I constantly check for excess residue.  Does this effect wudu?

Also, I heard that in regards to ghusl when cleaning out ones nose, one shouldn’t worry of the soft mucus, one would only have to worry about removing the hard mucus.  Is this accurate, and does it effect wudu?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

Yes, you can confidently assume that water has penetrated the area.

As for the solid residue, it is rarely so thick and solid such that water would not go through or around it. It would, however, remain optimal to remove it before beginning one’s ablution. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ibn `Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

The religion is ease. Seek knowledge and benefit, be grateful, and rejoice in the blessings of Allah.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Holding a Baby During the Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: I had a question regarding the salah.  When I pray fard salah at home (sometimes praying alone and sometimes as the imam leading my family) my son(9 months old) will grab on to my leg and cry.  During the sitting parts of the salah he will just come and sit on my lap and will stop crying.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

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

His holding on to you or sitting in your lap does not affect your prayer. However, you should avoid grabbing or carrying him while praying since if the diaper is soiled, you will be deemed as “carrying filth” in the prayer, which invalidates the prayer. [Tahtawi/Shurunbulali, Hashiyat al-Tahtawi ala Maraqi l-Falah]

If you wish to be able to pick your baby up in the prayer, you should be reasonably sure that the diaper isn’t soiled. If you don’t have strong reason to believe it is soiled, then your default assumption is purity. However, one should be careful in this regard, since while every baby is different, many babies do soil their diapers as often as every 5-10 minutes.

Lastly, even if the diaper is filthy, you may still comfort the baby with slight movements. You just can’t ‘carry’ the child.

And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Are My Pants and Washing Machine Filthy?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: I have a question regarding purity. I had dog feces on the bottom of my shoes and in an attempt to remove the feces with an object, it broke and my finger came in contact with the bottom of my shoe. Regardless of whether or not my finger touched the feces, I assumed it did. I found a patch of grass near by and I rubbed my fingers on it quite thoroughly and since there wasn’t water around I walked off. As I was looking for water, I put my hand in my pocket. Eventually finding water and washing up. After washing my pant pocket 7 times with water and putting it in the washing machine I thought to myself that my pants should’ve been washed with soil first. Are my pants and washing machine both impure?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

No. Your trousers are not filthy and nor is your washing machine.

If filth, which has a visible body, affects one’s person (or clothes), one simply removes the body of the filth. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala al-Din Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

Practically, if one removed the body of the filth, one’s finger is no longer filthy. Therefore, it is of no consequence whether one put one’s hand into one’s pocket or not.

As for assumptions, one assumes purity. Misgivings are from the devil.

And Allah knows best.

Wassalaam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Can One Pray in Clothing from Which an Impure Substance has Just been Removed?

Answered by Tabraze Azam

Question: I recently heard that the Prophet Muhammad, SAS, went to the mosque in the same clothes he had relations with his wife in (but A’isha (RAD) had cleaned the dirty spots off them) and one would be able to see the water spots on The Prophet’s clothes when he was at the mosque?

Is this true? I heard this was in Sahih Al Bukari ( hadith )

Answer: Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,

I hope you are in the best of health and spirits insha’Allah.

According to the Hanafi school, clothes affected by impure sexual fluids are purified by the washing away of the impure fluid. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

It is related that Sayyida `A’isha said, “I used to wash janaba (semen) from the clothes of the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, and he would go out to the prayer while the traces of the wet spots were visible.” [Bukhari]

Therefore, there is no harm in immediately praying in such clothes (i.e. in which an impure substance has just been removed), as is the case in the hadith you mention.

And Allah knows best.

wassalaam,
Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Washing Filthy Clothing in the Washing Machine

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: What is the ruling of putting filthy clothes in the washing machine? If the clothing comes out clean and the substance of the filth (such as semen) has gone but a stain can still be seen, is the clothing considered clean? If not how many more times do i have to put it in the washing machine before it is excused?

Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

1. If one washes semen from body or clothes and the substance itself is removed, then traces that are hard to remove (namely, anything not removed by a regular washing) are excused.

2. While it is permitted to put ritually filthy clothing in washing machines, it is religiously superior to wash away the filth first under the tap to avoid differences of opinion. As the scholars say, “There is nothing like safety.”

3. If one puts filthy clothes in the washing machine, it is best to wash the clothes in three cycles of water.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani

Purification Issues: Washing Limbs & Used Water

Answered by Ustadha Sulma Badrudduja

Question: [1] When washing the limbs under a tap, is it better to let the water run over the area before rubbing the limbs or should I rub my limbs at the same time? [2] When washing my feet, often the soles of my feet are already wet to begin with and when washing then I have doubts whether the wetness is from the washing or from the floor. How should I overcome this? [3] I learnt that water becomes used upon parting from the limb being washed after the first washing. So if I to wash my face only once and the water drips on my foot while I am washing it, should I run fresh water over the area? Or can I ignore it and rub the “mixed” water on my foot all over my foot?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

1. The point is to ensure that water covers the entire area. This is best done by moving the water along in a simple, gentle, and swift fashion on the arm with one’s other hand.

2. Take the means to ensure that you are washing your entire foot — the sole, the top, between the toes, etc. Generally speaking, the best practice is to cover the entire limb with each of the three washings. It is practically impossible that you would miss a spot after keeping your limb under running water and washing it with your hand completely three times. After doing this, ignore any doubts you have that you missed an area or that its dampness is from before.

3. Water that is used for wudu or ghusl (in order to lift ritual impurity or not) becomes “used water” once it leaves the limb. Used water is pure, but not purifying. Therefore, you cannot use it to purify yourself as in wudu or ghusl; but if you come in contact with it, it won’t affect your state of purity/impurity. If some drops onto your foot while it is under running water, you may ignore it because the tap water is continuously running over the area and purifying it. Also, a small amount of used water does not affect a large amount of purifying water.

One should be thorough in making wudu, but keep in mind that it is something that Allah has made simple. May Allah increase you in your diligence, practice, and seeking of knowledge.

[ref: Maraqi al-Falah]

And Allah knows best.

wassalam,
Sulma

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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