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Purifying from cat hair

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Answered by Ustadha Shazia Ahmad

According to this school, does using a wet hand to get cat hair off of clothes make the garments najas? It is difficult to brush off all the hair with a dry hand, as it gets stuck in the fibers.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Yes, according to our school, using a wet hand to remove cat hair from clothing would make the najas (filth) transfer to the clothing. Rather one should brush it off with a dry hand. After having had a cat myself, I have experienced the problem of cat hair and can recommend the following steps:

  1. Always used fabric softener in your clothing made of synthetic material, especially to avoid static. Static multiplies the cat hair problem exponentially and makes its removal very difficult. Be sure that your fabric softener does not contain any animal products (such as Downy Enhanced or Downy Advanced last time I checked)
  2. Consider using a lint brush to remove the hair. There are dry ones and sticky ones available at pet stores that you just roll over your furniture and clothing and it all comes right off.

If you wash clothing that has cat hair on them, the najas will transfer to all of your clothes. You will then have to rinse them one more time to remove the filth, making sure that not a single hair remained on any of the clothing. If you do not, your clothing will remain impure.

Brushing off the dry hair is much easier and this would avoid spreading filth on all of your clothes.

The following link should also be helpful. It mentions how much cat hair is excused.

And Allah knows best.

Shazia Ahmad

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