Using soap when making ghusal

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Q: I think in the time of the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) there were no soap so now after a wet dream should we need soap to wash clothes and body?


A: In the time of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) there were washing agents that were used. Hence, it is permissible in today’s times to use soaps.

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

عن عائشة عن النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه كان يغسل رأسه بالخطمى وهو جنب يجتزئ بذلك ولا يصب عليه الماء (سنن أبي داود # 256)

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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