Taharah – Using Water In Islam

Is All Water The Same?

Believe it or not, all water is not the same. Water is essential to life and also essential to practicing Islam. Despite the importance of water, Allah has provided ways for us to get by even if water is not available.

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Two Types Of Water

There are basically two types of water in Islam.

Clean water and filthy water.

Clean water is pretty obvious. This includes rainwater, water from lakes, oceans, streams, and rivers. It also includes water that comes from your tap, and water from wells and underground aquifers.

Any water that has not has its color, taste, or smell changed is considered clean water and can be used for wudu (ablution), and ghusl (full bath).

However, any water that has been polluted or contaminated to the point that its color, smell, or taste has changed, is not permissible.

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7 Responses to Taharah – Using Water In Islam

  1. Assalamualaikum Akhi,

    I had a question regarding Ghusl. While having ghusl if I happen to touch my private parts do I have to make wudhu before I pray? Also, what if I touch it accidentally after completing my ghusl, like when wearing my clothes or drying myself with the towel?

    Jazak Allah Khair

    • Wa Alaikum Salaam,

      Touching the private parts breaks the wudu. When making Ghusl, you’re supposed to wash your private parts first, and then wash the rest of your body.But if you accidentally touch it again while making ghusl, you should make wudu again.

      There are some differences of opinion, but this appears to be the majority opinion.

      The same thing if you touch your private parts after ghusl while drying off or something like that. Touching the private area with your hands breaks wudu, so you should make wudu again. However, you don’t have to make ghusl again.

      And Allah knows best.

      • I quote from ‘sunnipath’-‘the book of ghusul’ (translated from Al Bukhary ) #246, narrated by um-ul-momineen Mymoona,ra.The sequence is:
        -partial wudu excluding feet,
        -washing of private and elsewhere if needed,
        -ghusul,
        -washing of feet ( the REMAINING part of wudu ) at the end.
        Even though the private parts were touched in between, the whole wudu was not repeated.

        • What you’re describing is the actual ghusl. According to your quote, the Prophet made Wudu, then washed the private area and then made ghusl.

          Once he made ghusl after touching the private area, he technically had wudu again.

          So your description only shows that he cleansed himself, albeit by making Ghusl which is an even deeper clean then wudu, after touching the private area.

          Furthermore, the brother’s question was about accidentally touching the private area while making ghusl or after making ghusl. His question was not about washing the private area while making ghusl, which is what your quote describes.

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