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Should I Perform a Ceremonial Bath (Ghusl) Assuming Wadi?

Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


I felt some arousal while touching myself. After urinating, I saw some cloudy drops gushing out, which I suspect is wadi since I didn’t feel desire. Should I perform a ceremonial bath (ghusl) in this case?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. 

May Allah alleviate our difficulties and guide us to that which is pleasing to Him.  Beware of waswasa, for it is the devil’s way of making you believe that you are practicing righteousness, and Allah knows best.

Dealing with Discharge

The purificatory bath is not obligatory:

(1)   when there is a non-lustful discharge of thin, sticky, white fluid (madhy) caused by amorous play or kissing;

(2)   or when there is a discharge of thick, cloudy white fluid (wady) that exits after urinating or carrying something heavy. [Keller, Reliance of The Traveler]

I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. He served as the resident Imam of Masjid al-Munowar in Retreat, Cape Town, for several years.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.


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