Must We Use Soil to Clean Dog Saliva, Blood, and Urine?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Is using to soil to clean only done when there are dog impurities? E.g. If I believed that there was an invisible impurity like urine or blood could I just wash it once and leave it on the rack to dry?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

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

Yes, if there is some impurity (such as blood, urine) on your clothing, you simply wash it until no traces remain. If you cannot see the the impurity, you should wash the item of clothing thrice, in the place where you think it has been affected, squeezing each time. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

Using dust is only a recommendation when removing dog saliva.

See also: Dog Saliva, Dog Hair, and How to Purify Impurities

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Dog Saliva, Dog Hair, and How to Purify Impurities

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: If a dog licks one, is it necessary to wash the area licked seven times? Does one have to use soap or any other cleaning agent?  Does a dog brushing against me make my clothes filthy?

Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

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

In the Hanafi school, the saliva of a dog is filthy, not its skin or hair. As such, mere ‘brushing’ of a dog against one’s clothes does not render them filthy.

If a dog’s saliva comes onto one’s clothes, one must simply wash the affected area itself, until there is no readily-removable trace of the saliva left (such as by pouring water over the affected area three times, or placing it under a running tap). Doing so seven times or with dust (or other cleaning agent) isn’t a requirement but, rather, a recommendation.

[ref: al-Halabi, Multaqa al-Abhur; Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; Ibn al-Humam/Marghinani, Fath al-Qadir `ala al-Hidaya]

And Allah alone gives success.

wassalam, Faraz Rabbani