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Purification of filth

Fatwaa ID: 2374

Question:
Assalamualaykum, may Allah reward you for your time and help.

If a drop of urine were to come out in my underwear, which itself was less than 5cm in diameter, but then in my underwear, as I moved around, traces of that drop spread around my organ or possibly pubic region (although i cannot explicitly see this spread as I go on about my day), and when I do go the bathroom and check I can’t physically see any trace of urine more than the 5cm diameter, do I need to wash my organ/pubic area or my underwear before making wudu considering the excused amount for prayer?
When I am washing myself by pouring water after using the bathroom, whether for #1 or #2, depending on which toilet I am in, I often feel water splashing back up on me from either the toilet bowl, or splashing from my hands/organ onto a different part of my legs. The problem is, I cannot see where exactly these splashes land, so it’s hard to target those spots to wash, and then when I do try and wash the spots, more water ends up splashing on me. How should I deal with this?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, we wish to remind you that just because a minute amount of impurity is excused, that does not mean that you should intentionally allow that to be there. It is still detested. You should try your best to ensure that no purity remains on your clothing, especially when you stand to pray. The excused amount should only be availed when necessary. Negligence in this matter is severe and stern warnings have come in this regard.

Nevertheless, after you relieve yourself, you should ideally wash your private, especially if the urine has touched parts of it. If a drop falls on your clothing, then you should wash that portion. If you do not wash it immediately and you come back later on, you will only be responsible for what you see or are certain of. If you are not certain regarding a portion, then the default is that it is clean.

As for splashes, apply your due diligence. Avoid unnecessary doubts. It is not that hard to avoid splashes. Consider placing a few pieces of toilet paper in the bowl before using water. Remember, the default is purity unless you are certain regarding the impurity.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

11/18/1445 AH – 05/256/2024 CE | 1109

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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