Rules Regarding Ghusl and Wet Dreams for Men and Women

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Seekersguidance.org

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool

Question: I have learned that if a women who has reached puberty has an erotic dream and sees some discharge afterwards, she has to make ghusl. If she sees discharge alone without remembering a dream, she would also have to take ghusl. But if she remembers only the dream without seeing discharge, she doesn’t have to take ghusl.
What if a women constantly has discharge? How does she know when to take ghusl and when not?

Answer: Wa’alaikum assalaam warahmatu Allah,

With regards to wet dreams, men and women have the similar rulings.

So, if a man or woman has a wet dream and he/she sees wetness/discharge they are obliged to make ghusl, even if they are not certain the wetness is from an ejaculation/orgasm. In other words, even if he/she has constant discharge and suspects the wetness not to be sexual discharge, ghusl is still obligatory if he/she recalls seeing a wet dream. The only exception is for a man when he knows that this discharge is wady – a thick white fluid which exits after urinating or carrying something heavy which is only present in men.

If one doesn’t remember a wet dream and sees discharge, there are two rulings:

1- he/she must do ghusl if he/she believes the discharge could be sexual fluid from an ejaculation/orgasm; i.e. the mere possibility of the discharge being sexual fluid is enough to make ghusl necessary.

2- If he/she knows that the fluid is madhy, i.e. that which exists when aroused (or a man knows it is wady), then he/she does not have to do ghusl.

If there is no discharge, even if one remembers a wet dream, he/she is not obliged to do ghusl.

And Allah knows best.

wasalaam,
Shaista Maqbool

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

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