Intending to observe supererogatory Sawm on a particular day

Question: With regard to supererogatory Sawm (Fast), one may have the intention to observe Sawm on a particular day but when they get up in the morning, they find themselves in a state of Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge). What is the ruling on this matter? Should they complete the Sawm?

Answer: If one observes Sawm at the time when abstention from all that breaks Sawm is due, while they are in a state of Janaabah, their Sawm is valid. This ruling is based on the Hadeeth related by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim on the authority of Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she said... read more here.

Committing Zinaa before Fajr salaah, not performing Janaabah Ghusl, having Suhoor, and observing Sawm

Question: Is it permissible for a person who gets up Junub (person in a state of major ritual impurity) to observe Sawm (Fast) What was reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) in this regard?

Answer: It is permissible for a person to intend Sawm while he is Junub, and he can take Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) afterwards. It was reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) would sometimes get up at the appointed time of Fajr (Dawn) Prayer while he was Junub and would intend Sawm, and then perform Ghusl... read more here.

Committing Zinaa before Fajr salaah, not performing Janaabah Ghusl, having Suhoor, and observing Sawm

Question: A young man committed the sin of Zinaa (sexual intercourse outside marriage) two hours before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer. He could not perform Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge), but he had Suhoor (pre-dawn meal before the Fast) and intended to observe Sawm (Fast). Three hours and a half before the Thuhr (Noon) Prayer, he performed the Janaabah Ghusl. What is the ruling on his Sawm?

Answer: There is no doubt that Zinaa is major act of disobedience and an abominable sin. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: And come not near to unlawful sex. Verily, it is a Faahishah (i.e. anything that transgresses its limits: a great sin), and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allaah forgives him).... read more here.

If a fasting person gets up in a state of Janaabah

Question: Is it permissible for a couple to observe Sawm (Fast) after having sexual intercourse even though they slept until the break of dawn without taking Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge)?

Answer: When a couple have sexual intercourse during the last part of the night before the break of dawn and then hold the intention of Sawm at dawn even before taking Ghusl, their intention of Sawm is valid and they can take Janabah Ghusl afterwards... read more here.

Having sexual intercourse more than once and delaying taking Ghusl

Question 1: Is it permissible for me to have sexual intercourse with my wife more than once on the same night then go to sleep without taking a bath?

Answer: It is permissible for a man to have sexual intercourse with his wife more than once on the same night. However, he must perform Wudoo’ (ablution) before the second time because of the following Hadeeth: When anyone amongst you has sexual intercourse with his wife and then intends to repeat it, he should perform ablution. Al-Haakim added: It gives more activity to the body.read more here.

What is meant by a wet dream ?

Question 27What is meant by Ihtilaam (sexual dream)? Do only married women experience it?

Answer: Both men and women can experience Ihtilaam at any age. It is one of the signs of puberty. If a woman experiences Ihtilaam by ejaculating Maniy (vaginal secretions that are released on orgasm), she should perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) following major ritual impurity..read more here.

Foreplaying with one’s wife in her postpartum period before her completing forty days

Question 154Is it permissible for a husband to be intimate with his wife, without having vaginal intercourse with her, during the postpartum period before the passage of forty days, even if she is still bleeding?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes! It is permissible to do so. But the Sunnah in this regard is to ask her to tie a waist-wrapper, for it was reported that `Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “During my menses, the Messenger (peace be upon him) used to ask me to wear an Izaar (garment worn below the waist), and then he would fondle me.”… read more here.

After her delivery, she does not experience postpartum bleeding, is it permissible for her to perform Salaah etc?

Question 153If after a pregnant woman gives birth to her baby she does not experience postpartum bleeding, is it permissible for her husband to have sexual intercourse with her? Can she offer Salaah (Prayer) and Sawm (Fasting) or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If a pregnant woman gives birth without postpartum bleeding, she should perform Ghusl (ritual bath), offer Salaah and observe Sawm. Her husband can have sexual intercourse with her but after she takes Ghusl (ritual bath), because in most cases there is usually some blood, even if it is little, which is discharged while or after giving birth to a baby… read more here.

If postpartum bleeding stops before the completion of forty days, is it permissible for a woman to perform Salaah and observe Sawm?

Question 152If postpartum bleeding stops before the completion of forty days, is a woman permitted to perform Ghusl (ritual bath) and offer Salaah (Prayer) even if this bleeding returns before the forty days are over?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If a woman in the postpartum period sees that she has become pure before the forty days are over, she should take Ghusl and then observe Salah and Sawm (Fasting), and her husband may have sexual intercourse with her. If the bleeding continues after the fortieth day, she should consider herself as having the same ruling as Taahir (ritually pure) women, because forty days is the maximum postpartum period length according to the more correct of the two scholarly views… read more here.

Sexual intercourse with a woman who is in her postpartum period if blood ceases before completing forty days

Question 151After twenty-two days of postpartum hemorrhage, he had sexual intercourse with his wife. Later, he heard some shaykhs of Masjids (mosques) saying that a woman who has not completed the period of postnatal bleeding but the bleeding has stopped, may perform Ghusl (ritual bath) and observe Salaah (prayer). He is asking about the ruling on having sexual intercourse with the wife before the end of her postpartum period?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The majority of scholars are of the opinion that the longest postpartum period is forty days and their nights, based on the report of ‘Aboo Daawood and Al-Tirmidee on the authority of Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she said… read more here.

Does one Tayammum suffice instead of both: Ghusl and Wudoo’ ?

Question 136Does one Tayammum (dry ablution with clean earth) suffice instead of both: Ghusl (ritual bath) and Wudoo’ (ablution)? Or should a person perform Tayammum twice?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Only one Tayammum is sufficient for all major and minor impurities if the intention is made for that… read more here.

Is taking Janaabah Ghusl compensatory for Ghusl for Jumu’ah or after-menstruation or after-postpartum bleeding Ghusl?

Question 129Is taking Ghusl (ritual bath) following major ritual impurity compensatory for Ghusl on Friday or after menstruation or postpartum period?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. In case it is obligatory for a person to have more than one Ghusl, only one Ghusl is sufficient for all states if they intend to eliminate the reasons necessitating Ghusl and thus be able to perform Salaah (prayer) and other acts of worship necessitating Tahaarah (ritual purification), such as Tawaaf (circumambulation around the Ka‘bah). This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Does taking Janaabah Ghusl exempt a person from Wudoo’ ?

Question 128Does taking Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) exempt a person from Wudoo’ (ablution), given that the person intends to offer Salaah (Prayer) after Ghusl, or should they perform Wudoo’ besides Ghusl?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes, Ghusl is enough; it makes up for Wudoo’ if a person intends to do both. They can offer Salaah as long as they do not invalidate their Wudoo’. If they intend to perform Ghusl only, it does not make up for Wudoo’, according to the most correct opinion of scholars. It was authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he said… read more here.

If one has Janaabah Ghusl, can they pour water over their bodies without rubbing?

Question 127Would it be acceptable for a person who performs Ghusl (ritual bath) following Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) if he makes the water reach all parts of his body without rubbing it?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Neither Wudoo’ (ablution) nor Ghusl necessitates rubbing the whole body or the parts that must be washed, according to the more correct of the two views held by the scholars. So, it would be sufficient for a person who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity) to make the water reach all parts of their body… read more here.

Is there any difference in Janaabah Ghusl between men and women ?

Question 126Is there a difference between men’s and women’s Ghusl (ritual bath) following major ritual impurity? Does a woman need to loosen her hair to wash it, or is it sufficient for her to pour three handfuls of water on her hair as narrated in the Hadeeth? What is the difference between the Ghusl of Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) and that of menstruation?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. There is no difference between men and women in terms of the way Ghusl is performed, and neither of them need to loosen their hair to wash it, rather it is sufficient to pour three handfuls of water on the head, then to pour the water over the whole body, for the Hadeeth narrated on the authority of Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that she told the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.

Is Maniy (sperm) pure or impure?

Question 125Is the semen from which man is created pure or not? If it is not impure what is the wisdom behind Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity)? Is it prohibited to delay Ghusl until the morning in winter for fear of the cold weather?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The sound opinion is that semen is pure. When it is ejaculated in spurts from a person lustfully through sexual intercourse or a wet dream, Ghusl is compulsory. It is permissible to delay it until morning. A person should take Ghusl to offer Fajr (Dawn) Prayer in its due time. It is not permissible to delay it until the prayer due time is over… read more here.

Does touching things by the Junub before having Ghusl render them impure?

Question 124Is it permissible for a man and his wife after having conjugal intercourse to touch anything before taking Ghusl (ritual bath)? In such a case, does whatever they touch become Najis (impure)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes, it is permissible for someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity), whether man or woman, to touch different things like clothes, plates, pots, etc before taking Ghusl (ritual bath). A Junub person is not Najis and so nothing is defiled by their touch. This is supported by the authentic Hadeeth reported on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said… read more here.

Should a midwife perform Ghusl after childbirth assistance or is Wudoo’ sufficient?

Question 123Should a midwife perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) after childbirth assistance or is Wudoo’ (ablution) sufficient?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Neither Ghusl nor Wudoo’ is obligatory for a midwife as a result of her assisting a pregnant woman during delivery. She just has to wash off any Najaasah (impurities) – such as blood or the like – that may have soiled parts of her body and clothing if she is going to perform Salaah (Prayer). However, her Wudoo’ is invalidated if she touches the vulva of the pregnant woman during delivery… read more here.

Is it obligatory to use cleansing substances as soap and the like during Ghusl ?

Question 122Can soap be used during Ghusl (ritual bath) following Janaabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) and why?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Ghusl following major ritual impurity must be performed using water; it is not obligatory to use during it a cleansing substance like soap or similar products, which is what is established by the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet, peace be upon him). However if soap or similar cleansing agents is used, there is nothing wrong with that… read more here.

Does applying ointment or inserting a suppository or the like in woman’s vagina require performing Ghusl ?

Question 121Should a woman perform Ghusl (full ritual bath) if she places her finger into her vagina while making Istinjaa’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation), applying ointment,or inserting a pessary; or if a female doctor places her hand or a diagnostic instrument during medical examination? If this happens during the daytime in Ramadaan, should she break her Sawm (Fast) and make up for it later?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. In any of the above-mentioned cases, the woman does not have to perform Janaabah Ghusl (full ritual bath to cleanse of sexual discharge) nor does it invalidate her Sawm… read more here.

Urination before having Ghusl (full ritual bath) after sexual intercourse

Question 115Someone told me if a Muslim has conjugal intercourse, it is obligatory that he should urinate before performing Ghusl (ritual bath); otherwise he will remain Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity). This is because there will still be some Maniy (spermatic fluid) in his penis that can only be removed by urination. What is your opinion on this?

Answer: The Ghusl is valid without the urination. However, if a man urinates after performing Ghusl and some Maniy comes out along with the urine or alone, but without desire, it is not required to perform Ghusl again. It is sufficient just to perform Istinjaa’ (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation) and the Islaamically prescribed Wudoo’ (ablution)… read more here.

Touching a woman with desire without having sex or discharging Maniy (sperm)

Question 113: What is the ruling on a husband sleeping by his wife in one bed and fondling her with desire, without having sexual intercourse or semen discharges, should he perform Ghusl (ritual bath) in this case?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. If a man sleeps by his wife and touches her with desire but neither penile penetration into the vulva nor ejaculation takes place, Ghusl (ritual bath) is not required of him.

Question 113I hope that you will explain to us the difference between major and minor ritual impurity. Also, if a person has a sexual dream and discharges one or two drops of Maniy (spermatic fluid), is it permissible for him to remove it with water instead of performing Ghusl (ritual bath) following major ritual impurity?

Answer: Minor ritual impurity is that which nullifies Wudoo’ (ablution) only, like sleeping, urination, eating camel meat and such like, whereas major ritual impurity is that which necessitates performing Ghusl, like when Maniy is emitted in spurts accompanied with feelings of pleasure, and when the tip of the penis penetrates into the vulva. In case a man has a sexual dream and sees Maniy, even if one drop, it is obligatory on him to perform Ghusl… read more here.

Admitting the glans in female’s vulva without lust

Question 112: Does the penetration of the glans penis into the vulva without sexual pleasure, necessitate Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Yes, Ghusl becomes obligatory on both man and wife because of the reported evidence in this regard. Among them is what is reported by Ahmad, Muslim, and Al-Tirmidee on the authority of `Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said... read more here.

Discharging Maniy (sperm) while and after urination without sexual desire

Question 111: I discharge Maniy (spermatic fluid) while and after urinating without having any sexual desire. Should I perform Ghusl (ritual bath)? Is this discharge considered Najis (ritually impure) or not?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The discharge that comes out of you with urine without having sexual desire is Wadee (a thick white secretion discharged after urination), which is Najis like urine. However, you do not have to perform Ghusl, but you have to wash the place soiled with it... read more here.

After waking up, one doubts having a wet dream

Question 110: What is the ruling on a person who wakes up and then doubts that he had a wet dream but when he examines his underwear, he does not find Maniy (spermatic fluid)?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. The basic rule is that no Ghusl (ritual bath following major ritual impurity) is required of him (unless there is a clear evidence to prove that it is required), because what is certain cannot be overruled by what is doubtful... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (4)

Question 109What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (3)

Question 108What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (2)

Question 107What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

The causes necessitating Ghusl (1)

Question 106What makes Ghusl (ritual bath) obligatory for a Muslim? How is Ghusl performed? Is it a must that no waste water from Ghusl should touch the clean water which is being used for Ghusl? What is the ruling if they touch each other; can a person proceed with Ghusl?

Answer: Amongst things which make it obligatory for a Muslim to make Ghusl is the emission of Maniy (sperm/vaginal secretions) during sleep; penetration of the glans penis into the vulva, even without ejaculating; and ejaculating Maniy in wakefulness accompanied by a feeling of pleasure, even without having sexual intercourse. Menstruation and postpartum period also make it obligatory on women to perform Ghusl once the bleeding stops. Besides, in case a spray of waste water from the Ghusl mixes with clean water which is being used for Ghusl; a person may proceed making Ghusl from it... read more here.

Touching penis while drying himself after having Ghusl

Question 88What is the ruling if a person touches his penis while drying himself after taking a bath?

Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions!

The Wudoo’ (ablution) is invalidated, if the person touches his penis with no barrier, because of the general meaning of the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “Whoever touches his penis, should perform Wudoo”. … read more here.

Are Wudoo’ and Ghusl valid while there are some particles of food between teeth?

Question 73: Particles of food remain between the teeth after eating. If we perform Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (ritual bath) and we cannot remove them, is our Wudoo’ or Ghusl valid?

Answer: Your Wudoo’ or Ghusl is valid even if there are some food particles left between your teeth. However, it is better to remove them… read more here.

Does sewage water become pure after refining and recycling it?

Question 8: What is the ruling on using sewage water to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (ritual bath) after it has been treated?

A: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and companions. To commence: The Council of Senior Scholars has studied this matter before in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and issued a decision regarding it to the following content: The council has read the study that was made on this matter by the Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’. The council has also read the letter of his Excellency, the Minister of Agriculture and Water No. 1 / 1299 on 30/05/1398 A. H. After studying and discussing the matter, the following was decreed… read more here.

Ruling on performing Ghusl from Janaabah in ponds in deserts or Masjids?

Question 4: What is the legal ruling on performing Ghusl (ritual bath) in standing water for someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity)?It should be noted that there are many ponds in desert places where water remains standing for a long period without being changed except by rain water in summer or autumn. There are also some ponds in Masjids (mosques). What is the ruling on the prohibition mentioned in Hadeeth: None of you should wash in standing water while he is Junub. ? What is the ruling on a person who does what is prohibited? Moreover, villagers used to come to these ponds and reveal some parts of their bodies above the knees.

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: Firstly: It is not permissible for the Junub to perform Ghusl in standing water. It was reported by Muslim on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

Ruling on standing water that is equal to two Qullas or more without any change in its color, taste, or odor?

Question 3: What is the legal ruling on performing Ghusl (ritual bath) in standing water for someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity)?It should be noted that there are many ponds in desert places where water remains standing for a long period without being changed except by rain water in summer or autumn. There are also some ponds in Masjids (mosques). What is the ruling on the prohibition mentioned in Hadeeth: None of you should wash in standing water while he is Junub. ? What is the ruling on a person who does what is prohibited? Moreover, villagers used to come to these ponds and reveal some parts of their bodies above the knees.

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: Firstly: It is not permissible for the Junub to perform Ghusl in standing water. It was reported by Muslim on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

What is the ruling on performing Ghusl in standing water for the one who is Junub

Question 2: What is the legal ruling on performing Ghusl (ritual bath) in standing water for someone who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity)?It should be noted that there are many ponds in desert places where water remains standing for a long period without being changed except by rain water in summer or autumn. There are also some ponds in Masjids (mosques). What is the ruling on the prohibition mentioned in Hadith: “None of you should wash in standing water while he is Junub.” ? What is the ruling on a person who does what is prohibited? Moreover, villagers used to come to these ponds and reveal some parts of their bodies above the knees?

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. To commence: Firstly: It is not permissible for the Junub to perform Ghusl in standing water. It was reported by Muslim on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah… read more here.