Doubts regarding purity

Q: I have always been very doubtful and may have OCD so now I am trying to overcome this illness but I can never know what to do. I have a cold so my mother told me to take some steam it was from a pot that was from the previous owners of the house. They said they were Muslims but many Muslims here eat non halal meat. I don’t know if the previous owners 5 years ago ate un halal meat or not. but they left a dish which my mom uses when anyone needs to take steam because she doesn’t want the sick germs to go into her cooking pots. She has washed the pot before but I don’t know if she read the kalima while she cleaned it. If I took steam from this dish am I napaak? Is the towel I put over my head while taking steam napaak? I have touched so many things after that are they all napaak? If I used the towel after wudu to wipe my face before praying did my wudu break and did my namaaz count? On the dish there were some orange/ red marks and took some very hot water from the dish and a kitchen towel to wipe and see if there were permenent but they came off. Now I don’t know what they were from and if it was halaal or not and if I made the kitchen towel napaak? My mum thinks I’m crazy so she won’t believe me about washing the towels because I am always making her wash everything but I just don’t know what to do? Is the kitchen towel napaak? If someone uses it to dry their hands will they become napaak too? I am too stressed out about these and it is really hard for my recovery from being a doubtful person what do I do?


A: Don’t pay attention to these doubts.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)