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Is my Ghusl Valid Though I Was Experiencing Istihadah [Abnormal Bleeding]?

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Question: 1) I had istihada but had to do a ghusl during it. Is my ghusl valid though I was bleeding?

2) To establish the chronic excuse the excuse has to be there even whilst doing a minimal wudu and quick prayer. What does minimal wudu and quick prayer mean?

3) I may have had a wet dream. Do I have to do a ghusl for safety even though I don’t know and have no way of knowing if I released discharge?

Answer: assaalmu `alaykum

1) Ghusl and wudu made during istihadah are valid since istihadah is abnormal bleeding, it does not nullify your purity.

2) A minimal wudu is just the basic fard wudu: washing hands to and including elbows, face, feet and ankles, and wiping over one’s head; quick prayer would be to pray the fard quickly, i.e. without a lengthy recitation, or tasbeehs, etc. This is an approximation. If you notice that your excuse is present every 5 minutes for example, you may have time to do all the sunan of the prayer; however, if it is in shorter intervals, then you may only pray the fard and wajibaat, etc. So you would determine it based on your situation; if there is hardly time to pray before the excuse recurs: then you are in the excused category.

3) You would only have to do ghusl if you had seen discharge and you had a wet dream. If you do not remember seeing discharge but you do remember having a wet dream, you may assume that there was no discharge.


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