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When Should I Perform a Ghusl After Having a Wet Dream?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

Should I perform a ghusl after having a wet dream and finding pre-seminal fluid in my undergarments?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Yes, you would need to perform a ritual bath (ghusl) if you awoke to find pre-sexual fluid (madhi) in your undergarments. But this is on condition that you remember having a wet dream. Otherwise, you would not need to perform the ritual bath.

[Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar ‘ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar]

Please also see: Wet Dreams and Ritual Purity: A Reader

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.

Does Having a Wet Dream While Fasting Ramadan Obligate the Expiation?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: As salamu alaykum,

Does having a wet dream while fasting Ramadan obligate the expiation?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

No, ejaculation during sleep, or having a wet dream, does not obligate the expiation (kaffara). Moreover, such a person would not need to make up (qada’) that fast because he did not engage in sexual intercourse, actually or effectively, nor is he considered to be legally responsible during that time.

[Haskafi, al-Durr al-Mukhtar (2.98); Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq]

Please also see: Wet Dreams and Ritual Purity: A Reader and: Principles on what invalidates the fast

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

wassalam,
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.

Wet Dreams and Ritual Purity: A Reader

The Rules

Rules Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women

Male Sexual Fluids and Ghusl

Does Pre-seminal Fluid on My Private Parts From a Dream Necessitate a Ritual Bath?

Excessive Nocturnal Emission: What Should I Do?

Dealing with Doubts

Waking Up with a Spot on Groin and Dealing with Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa)

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

To What Extent Should I Go in Checking the Nature of a Discharge After Waking Up?
A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

Wet Dreams and Fasts

Does A Wet Dream Break The Fast?

Being in a State of Major Ritual Impurity: Does it Invalidate My Fast?

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

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

Is my Ghusl Valid Though I Was Experiencing Istihadah [Abnormal Bleeding]?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas
Question: 1) I had istihada but had to do a ghusl during it. Is my ghusl valid though I was bleeding?
2) To establish the chronic excuse the excuse has to be there even whilst doing a minimal wudu and quick prayer. What does minimal wudu and quick prayer mean?
3) I may have had a wet dream. Do I have to do a ghusl for safety even though I don’t know and have no way of knowing if I released discharge?
Answer: assaalmu `alaykum
1) Ghusl and wudu made during istihadah are valid since istihadah is abnormal bleeding, it does not nullify your purity.
2) A minimal wudu is just the basic fard wudu: washing hands to and including elbows, face, feet and ankles, and wiping over one’s head; quick prayer would be to pray the fard quickly, i.e. without a lengthy recitation, or tasbeehs, etc. This is an approximation. If you notice that your excuse is present every 5 minutes for example, you may have time to do all the sunan of the prayer; however, if it is in shorter intervals, then you may only pray the fard and wajibaat, etc. So you would determine it based on your situation; if there is hardly time to pray before the excuse recurs: then you are in the excused category.
3) You would only have to do ghusl if you had seen discharge and you had a wet dream. If you do not remember seeing discharge but you do remember having a wet dream, you may assume that there was no discharge.
Salman
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Does Pre-seminal Fluid on My Private Parts From a Dream Necessitate a Ritual Bath?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalamualeykum waramatulahi wabarakatu Ya Sheik, I kiss my girl friends in my dreams and I feel a little moisture on my private parts. Can I offer prayers without taking a bath or by only washing my private parts?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.
Pre-sexual fluid (madhi) invalidates your ablution, yet does not necessitate the ritual bath (ghusl).
In general, less than 5cm in diameter of liquid filth is excused, though it is superior to clean yourself before praying.
Please see: Please List All the Nullifiers of Ablution According to the Hanafi School and: Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women
And Allah alone gives success.
wassalam,
Tabraze Azam

Rules Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

Question: I have learned that if a women who has reached puberty has an erotic dream and sees some discharge afterwards, she has to make ghusl. If she sees discharge alone without remembering a dream, she would also have to take ghusl. But if she remembers only the dream without seeing discharge, she doesn’t have to take ghusl.
What if a women constantly has discharge? How does she know when to take ghusl and when not?

 

Answer: Wa’alaikum assalaam warahmatu Allah,

With regards to wet dreams, men and women have the similar rulings.

So, if a man or woman has a wet dream and he/she sees wetness/discharge they are obliged to make ghusl, even if they are not certain the wetness is from an ejaculation/orgasm. In other words, even if he/she has constant discharge and suspects the wetness not to be sexual discharge, ghusl is still obligatory if he/she recalls seeing a wet dream. The only exception is for a man when he knows that this discharge is wady – a thick white fluid which exits after urinating or carrying something heavy which is only present in men.

If one doesn’t remember a wet dream and sees discharge, there are two rulings:

1- he/she must do ghusl if he/she believes the discharge could be sexual fluid from an ejaculation/orgasm; i.e. the mere possibility of the discharge being sexual fluid is enough to make ghusl necessary.

2- If he/she knows that the fluid is madhy, i.e. that which exists when aroused (or a man knows it is wady), then he/she does not have to do ghusl.

If there is no discharge, even if one remembers a wet dream, he/she is not obliged to do ghusl.

And Allah knows best.

wasalaam,
Shaista Maqbool

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Related Answers:

Waking Up with a Spot on Groin and Dealing with Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa)

Waking Up with a Spot on Groin and Dealing with Baseless Misgivings (Waswasa)

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: (1) I wanted to ask what if someone wakes up in the morning with a small dried white spot [no more then this => ( )] on groin. Don’t really know what it is and I am not certain if its a wet dream or not. There are no spots on my underwear too… So does it makes ghusl obligatory?..

(2) I’m confused and can’t even do ghusl again cause i swore to God [qasam in urdu] i wont make ghusl due to this reason cause i am not sure.

(3) I have so much waswasa about my prayers not being valid..

 

 

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

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

(1) You would not need to perform the ritual bath (ghusl) in that situation, since you don’t recall a wet dream. You could simply wash your organ and then make ablution (wudu) and then pray.

(2) With regards to the oath, you should break it so that you may perform ghusl when needed. You would need to do the requisite expiation for breaking the oath.

Expiation is to to feed ten poor persons (2 meals each), or to clothe them (1 garment each), or to give them the equivalent monetary value. If you are unable to do that, you must fast three consecutive days. [Maydani/Quduri, Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab]

(3) With respect to obsessive misgivings (waswasa), keep in mind that the default assumption of all acts of worship is soundness and validity, and this default is at the level of certainty. Certainty is not lifted by doubts or misgivings, but rather only by another certainty or very high likelihood.

Learn sacred knowledge under qualified instructors, as that is one of the most potent weapons to combat such misgivings. I would suggest the following course, for example:

Absolute Essentials of Islam: Beliefs & Worship

Lastly, please see the following link for more information regarding dealing with waswasa:

A Reader on Waswasa (Baseless Misgivings)

And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani