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How Should I Clean Myself After Urinating?

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Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

When doing istinja after urination, is it sufficient to wipe the urine with the toilet paper and then pour water over the tip of the penis? Or must ? rub the penis tip while washing it? If I do not use toilet paper, is simply pouring over the tip acceptable in this case or must rubbing be done as well?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

After urinating one should take steps to prevent excess urine from leaking after one has finished, The means of attaining this vary from person to person. If simply pouring water suffices then that is fine, and if one needs to gentle squeeze, use toilet paper, gently cough etc, then all these are acceptable too( Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah).

From Purification to Gratitude

The basis of matters of purification is ease, so it opens one’s heart up to gratitude to Allah. We are told in sura al-Maʾida that ‘Allah does not wish to place any hardship on you; rather He wants to purify you and complete His favour on you so that you may prove thankful’ (5:6). Simply reflecting on the blessing of a toilet which flushes away and disposes the waste should lead us to much gratitude.

May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

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