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Can One Sleep in the State of Sexual Impurity

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Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah


I want to ask that when you have had sexual intercourse, how long after do you have to do ghusal. Can you go to sleep and wake up the following morning and then do it or do you have to do it straight away.



Being in the state of Janabah (in need of a ritual bath) prevents the person from reciting the Holy Qur’an, praying and entering the Masjid, hence, it is recommended that one hastens in having a bath after having sexual intercourse with his wife.

However, it is also permissible to go to sleep in the state of janabah and have your bath in the morning. This is clearly evident from the following hadith where Saaidah Aaisha raḍyAllāhu 'anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) narrates that “the Prophet of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) would sleep while he was in a state of Janabah without touching water.” (Sunan Tirmizi p.32 v.1)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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