Istinja after reliving oneself

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Q: When I go to the toilet, I find it hard to wash my hands. I soap them then put them under the tap. Once all the soap is off I think the water on my wrist is impure still so I wash my arm from the elbow to finger tips and I keep doing that and still I have a feeling that my hands are impure even if I’ve urinated or past stool still I wash my hands like this and I use wet toilet paper 3 times instead of istinja.


A: When reliving yourself, you should not suffice on using wet toilet paper, instead you should wash the area thoroughly. Thereafter wash your hands. There is no need to wash your hands till your elbows nor wash it many times. 

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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