Praise be to Allaah.
It is haraam for the person who is junub (in a state of
impurity following sexual activity) to pray, perform tawaaf, stay in the
mosque, recite Qur’aan or touch the Mushaf. Everything else is permissible.
There is nothing wrong with a woman who is junub cooking,
looking after her house, taking care of her children or fulfilling any other
needs. This is indicated by several pieces of evidence including the
It was narrated from Abu
Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
met him on one of the roads of Madeenah when he was junub. He said: I turned
back and went and did ghusl, then I came. He said: “Where were you, O Abu
Hurayrah?” I said: “I was junub and I did not like to sit with you when I
was not in a state of purity.” He said, “Subhaan Allaah, the Muslim does not
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 279; Muslim, 371.
Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar
said: This indicates that it is permissible to delay doing ghusl from the
time when it first becomes obligatory, and that it is permissible for the
one who is junub to go about his business.
Fath al-Baari, 1/391.
It is better for the one who is junub to hasten to do ghusl,
lest he forgets that he is junub. And it is recommended for him to do wudoo’
before he touches food and drink and before going to sleep. That is better
than doing these things when he is junub. But this wudoo’ is not obligatory,
rather it serves to reduce the impurity, and it is mustahabb. There are a
number of ahaadeeth concerning that, including the following:
It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah
said: When the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) was junub and wanted to eat or sleep, he would do wudoo’ as for
prayer. (Narrated by Muslim, 305).
It was narrated from Ibn ‘Umar
that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him), “Can one of us go to sleep when he is
junub?” He said: “Yes, if he does wudoo’ then he can go to sleep when he is
junub.” (narrated by al-Bukhaari, 283; Muslim, 306)
Al-Nawawi said: This
indicates that it is mustahabb to do wudoo’ and to wash one's private parts
before doing all these things, especially if the man wants to have
intercourse with a wife with whom he has not yet had intercourse. It is
definitely mustahabb to wash one's private part. Our companions have stated
that it is makrooh to sleep, eat, drink or have intercourse before doing
wudoo’, and these ahaadeeth indicate that. There is no dispute among us that
this wudoo’ is not obligatory. This is also the view of Maalik and the
Sharh Muslim, 3/217
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:
It is mustahabb for the one who is junub to do wudoo’ if he
wants to eat, drink, sleep or have intercourse again, but it is makrooh for
him to sleep if he has not done wudoo’. It was proven in al-Saheeh
that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked,
“Can one of us go to sleep when he is junub?” He said: “Yes, if he does
wudoo’ as for prayer…”
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 21/343
See also question no.
And Allaah knows best.