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Washing a rug

Q: I wanted to ask if say I have a modern rug which if washed might spoil and get damaged. Will wiping it with a wet cloth or wet wipe suffice? The najaasat traces have never been there I don’t thinks so and I don’t remember either.. the only reason I think it is napak is because I threw (maybe dried or wet i don’t recall) napak clothes on it (I have discharge problem) walked with wet feet on it which might be napak because (some at times napak and at times maybe napak) splashes of water got on my feet from the floor (which might be napak) perhaps I had stepped on it with my shoe. I am not sure and it’s been a long while so i don’t remember correctly the reason I think it is napak. Only recently I wiped it with wet cloth because I think I had made it napak but I don’t recall the reason. I have OCD.. I’ve been battling it since 2008.. I usually wipe things with a wet cloth or wet wipe to make it paak since washing every house hold item is literally impossible and difficult. I can’t wash the bed since it is foam and foam gets spoiled when washed with water so I wipe over it.. nor can the sofa be washed as it is also foam and cotton and is stitched so I wipe. Then there are non absorbent things which I wipe over with wet wipe or wet cloth as I know they don’t need to be washed. Today I had wet feet and I stepped on the rug, dried myself with cloth, wore clothes, wore my wet paak shoes and came to bed. I don’t know if I am napak or not and if the bed has become napak because of me. Help.


A: You must wash it.

Don’t pay attention to all this. This is not a deeni requirement.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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