Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: As salaamu alaykum,
I am confused about when ghusl is obligatory on me, I cannot differentiate between mani and madhi How can I do this?
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah.
The ritual bath (ghusl) is obligatory after the release of ejaculate (mani) which normally follows a sexual climax (orgasm).
Pre-sexual fluid (madhi), on the other hand, is released during sexual excitement, yet only necessitates a ritual ablution (wudu).
Please also see: The Ritual Bath (ghusl): Obligatory, Recommended, and Disliked Acts
And Allah alone knows best.
Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani