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Exiting of Husband’s Fluids

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Answered by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher

For a woman who has discharge that may or may not be that from intercouse, can she always assume it is not, as sometimes it may appear three or more times after intercourse?

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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

Sexual Fluid and Ghusl

The rule is that whenever a woman’s sexual fluid exits her private parts, she is obligated to perform a purificatory bath (ghusl). Scholars explain that this is the case even if the sexual fluid exits long after intercourse is over.

Exiting of Sexual Fluid After Intercourse

It often happens that the husband’s semen exits from the wife’s private parts after intercourse. If the wife reached orgasm during intercourse and female sexual fluid exited from her and mixed with her husband’s semen, then the exiting of her husband’s semen from her will necessitate a purificatory bath because her own sexual fluid also exited with it. If the wife did not reach orgasm during intercourse, then the exiting of her husband’s semen will not necessitate a purificatory bath (because her own sexual fluid did not exit from her), but it will necessitate ablution (because anything that exits from the private parts necessitates ablution).

Female Discharge & Semen

There is a further complication that may arise: if a woman is experiencing white discharge when she has intercourse, this white discharge may continue to exit long after intercourse is over. How does she tell whether or not this contains any of her husband’s semen–and, consequently, her own sexual fluid if she reached orgasm during intercourse? The answer to this question is that if the discharge has the distinctive smell of male semen, then her husband’s semen has exited with her discharge. If it doesn’t have the distinctive smell of male semen, then she may assume that it hasn’t and simply perform ablution instead of the purificatory bath.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Hamza.

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