Fri 25 Jm2 1435 - 25 April 2014
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She is uncertain whether the furnishings in her house are naajis (impure)

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For a period of my life I did not pay a great deal of attention to purity, as are used to go into the washroom and get some drops of urine on my feet and I did not wash them with water, and sometimes I did not purify myself well from the urine itself, so all my clothes and some parts of my body became naajis. And I used to go out from the washroom with some wetness on my clothes and some traces of urine on my feet, and I would sit everywhere which made all parts of my house become impure. What is the way to purify the house? I cannot see any sign of impurity itself even though I'm certain that I sat in all parts of the house wearing impure clothes, and they were damp because I had been in the bathroom. Please note that I have repented to Allah but because of this problem I am very confused and affected by waswasah, because every time I do wudoo' I have to wash all parts of my body, because I am convinced that the places where I sit are not pure.

Praise be to Allaah.

If a person touches an impurity that is dry, it is not transferred to him and neither his clothing nor his body become impure as a result. Impurity is only transferred when there is wetness. 

Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allah preserve him) said: 

If dry impurity touches the dry body or clothing, it does not matter. The same applies to entering the dry bathroom barefoot, if the feet are dry, because impurity is only transferred when it is wet. End quote. 

Fataawa Islamiyyah, 1/233 

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah preserve him) said: 

If a person touches impurity that is damp, then he should wash from his body whatever he has touched, because the impurity has been transferred to it. But if the impurity is dry, he does not have to wash off what he has touched, because it is not transferred to him. End quote. 

Al-Muntaqa min Fataawa al- Fawzaan, 48/18 

It should be noted that the mere presence of dampness does not mean that the impurity is inevitably transferred. Rather there may be a little dampness which does not mean that the impurity is transferred. Hence the Hanbali fuqaha’ stipulated that in order for damp impurity to be transferred, there should be actual wetness. If there is no actual wetness, then the impurity is not transferred even if there is dampness. 

See: Kashshaaf al-Qinaa’, 1/185 

What appears to us to be the case is that this impurity that you have asked about is very little, and we doubt that it was transferred to the furnishings, because the dampness that accompanied it was very little. Even if we assume that it was transferred to the furnishings, it would soon have disappeared and there will be no trace left of it. 

Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allah preserve him) was asked about a man who always advised his wife and his sons and daughters and dependents that when they did wudoo' in the washroom they should not walk on the carpets with wet feet because lest there be some urine in some places in the house the exact location of which is not known, to prevent the urine attaching itself to their feet and making the prayer invalid, but they did not pay any attention to that because it is too difficult and they did not think that this was an important matter, because the house was big and there were a lot of furnishings. What is the solution? May Allah reward you with good. 

He replied: 

If the impurity that is on the carpets is not clearly visible, then it seems that it does not affect anyone who steps on it. 

Moreover, what usually happens is that when a person washes his feet after wudoo' and then steps on the carpet, the carpet quickly dries whatever wetness is on his feet at first, so it is possible to wash the mats that are placed close to the bathrooms to dry the feet after wudoo', and after that it will not matter if one steps on the contaminated carpets because the feet are no longer damp after stepping on the carpets that are nearest to the bathrooms. There is no need for this strictness in telling people not to step on those impure carpets. You can put towels at the doors of the bathrooms which will absorb the dampness from the feet after finishing wudoo', and after that any slight dampness on the feet will not matter and will not invalidate the prayer or transfer impurity. End quote. 

http://ibn-jebreen.com/ftawa.php?view=vmasal&subid=12303&parent=786 

Thus it is clear that there is no need for this strictness or to take the matter to this level of harshness and pressure. These furnishings cannot be deemed impure so long as the impurity cannot be clearly seen on them and has left no traces. 

And Allah knows best.

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