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I didnt know that impurity could transfer from one article to another. quite often, i would get najasat ghaliza (urine, madhi, mani) on my bedsheet and it would dry, and then sometimes i’d sit on that spot with wet trousers. those same trousers, i would put those on with wet legs and walk on the carpet and sit on the sofa etc.

1) my question is how would i purify the carpet because i walked all over the house it would be quite difficult to change it. i would pour water over the carpet, but i fear that may cause the floorboards to get damaged. is it possible to use a carpet washer as such (https://www.costco.com/hoover-smartwash%2b-automatic-carpet-cleaner.product.100759068.html)? if no, what is the correct way to purify the carpets?

2) ive also touched a lot of things around the house with impure hands. walls with wallpaper, what would be the way to purify? is a wet cloth sufficient?

thank you very much for your help.


Answer

1. If the carpet cleaner wets the carpet and then takes the dirty water back in then it will suffice. The aim is to remove any impurity from the carpet. Hence, any method of making the carpet wet and then soaking in the water will suffice.

2. The method of purifying an item depends on the form of the item. Again, the main aim is to ensure that the impurity is removed, hence, any method which removes the impurity will suffice. If the surface is smooth then wiping with a damp cloth will suffice. If the surface is rough then you may need to use more water to ensure the impurities are removed.

Bare in mind that once impurities dry it is unlikely that they will transfer as easily. For example, if your hands were impure but they were dry then when you touch the wall, table etc the impurity from your hands will not necessarily transfer onto the items. Also, an item will be considered pure until you are certain that impurity transferred on to it.

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Mufti Zubair Patel

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