Category: Wudu
Fatwa#: 19316
Asked Country: United Kingdom

Answered Date: Jun 17,2011

Title: 1) If impurity, like urine or vomit etc, fell on the carpet, will the carpet become pure by cleaning the impurity with a wet sponge thrice? 2) Will the impure sponge become pure by cleaning it thrice?

Question

1) If impurity, like urine or vomit etc, fell on the carpet, will the carpet become pure by cleaning the impurity with a wet sponge thrice?

2) Will the impure sponge become pure by cleaning it thrice?

 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu `alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1) Impure carpet does not become pure by merely wiping the carpet with a sponge thrice.

Depending on the nature of the impurity that soiled the carpet, you could purify the carpet in the following ways:

i)                   This first method is for purifying a carpet which is soiled by an impurity that cannot be seen after it dries up, such as urine:Repeat the following procedure three times:

Pour water over the impure section of the carpet then dry the carpet with a clean sponge or cloth. You must ensure that the carpet dries at least to the extent that it does not drip water if you were to lift it up (This is for thick carpets that cannot be squeezed. If the carpet is thin and can be squeezed then it will be necessary to squeeze out the water after pouring water each time. When squeezing out the water the third time, one must squeeze hard so that it stops dripping water).

Once the procedure above is carried out three times, the carpet will become pure. [1]

ii)                 This second method is also for purifying a carpet which is soiled by an impurity that cannot be seen after it dries up, such as urine:Estimate how much water would be needed to immerse the impure section of the carpet in a utensil. Thereafter, pour the estimated amount of water multiplied by three on the impure section of the carpet. For example, if you estimated that one litre of water would be needed to immerse the impure section of the carpet in a utensil, three litres of water will have to be poured over the impure section of the carpet. Doing this once will purify the carpet. You may then dry the carpet with a sponge or cloth. [2]

 

iii)               This third method is for purifying a carpet which is soiled by an impurity that can be seen after it dries up, such as blood:Pour water over the impure section of the carpet until the impurity disappears. This is regardless of how much water is poured and how many times water is poured i.e. whether water is poured less than three times, three times or more than three times. The condition is that the impurity must disappear. However, if the trace of the impurity, such as colour of the blood, cannot be removed with water (although it can be removed with soap or detergent), it will not be necessary to remove the trace of the impurity. [3]

2) If the impurity on the sponge is of the type that cannot be seen when it dries up, such as urine, then to purify the sponge, wash it three times and squeeze out all the water each time. When squeezing out the water the third time, squeeze hard so that it stops dripping water.

Alternatively, you may hold the sponge under running tap until three times the amount of water needed to immerse the sponge in a utensil flows through the sponge. This method does not require washing three times and squeezing. 

If the impurity on the sponge is of the type that can be seen when it dries up, such as blood, then to purify the sponge, hold it under running water until the impurity disappears. However, if the trace of the impurity, such as colour of the blood, cannot be removed with water (although it can be removed with soap or detergent), it will not be necessary to remove the trace of the impurity. [4]

 

And Allah knows best.

Ml. Faizal Riza
Student, Darul Iftaa
Australia

 

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

www.daruliftaa.net

 

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الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح: ص 159، دار الكتب العلمية:
المرئية ما يرى بعد الجفاف وغير المرئية ما لا يرى بعده ، كذا في غاية البيان

الفتاوى الهندية: 1/42، مكتبة رشيدية:
وإن كانت غير مرئية يغسلها ثلاث مرات ، كذا في المحيط ويشترط العصر في كل مرة فيما ينعصر ويبالغ في المرة الثالثة حتى لو عصر بعده لا يسيل منه الماء ، ويعتبر في كل شخص قوته ، وفي غير رواية الأصول: يكتفي بالعصر مرة ، وهو أرفق ، كذا في الكافي وفي النوازل وعليه الفتوى ، كذا في التتارخانية والأول أحوط ، هكذا في المحيط ... ( وبعد أسطر) ... وما لا ينعصر يطهر بالغسل ثلاث مرات والتجفيف في كل مرة ؛ لأن للتجفيف أثرا في استخراج النجاسة ، وحد التجفيف أن يخليه حتى ينقطع التقاطر ولا يشترط فيه اليبس ، هكذا في التبيين

[2]
الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح: ص 162، دار الكتب العلمية:
( قوله : ووضعه في الماء الجاري الخ ) يعني اشتراط الغسل والعصر ثلاثا إنما هو إذا غمسه في إجانة أما إذا غمسه في ماء جار حتى جرى عليه الماء أو صب عليه ماء كثير بحيث يخرج ما أصابه من الماء ويخلفه غيره ثلاثا فقد طهر مطلقا بلا اشتراط عصر وتجفيف وتكرار غمس ، هو المختار


( وانظر: أحسن الفتاوى: 2/92، 97 ؛ وفتاوى محمودية: 5/257، فاروقية )

[3]
الفتاوى الهندية: 1/41-42، مكتبة رشيدية:
وإزالتها إن كانت مرئية بإزالة عينها وأثرها إن كانت شيئا يزول أثره ولا يعتبر فيه العدد ، كذا في المحيط فلو زالت عينها بمرة اكتفى بها ولو لم تزل بثلاثة تغسل إلى أن تزول ، كذا في السراجية وإن كانت شيئا لا يزول أثره إلا بمشقة بأن يحتاج في إزالته إلى شيء آخر سوى الماء كالصابون لا يكلف بإزالته ، هكذا في التبيين وكذا لا يكلف بالماء المغلي بالنار ، هكذا في السراج الوهاج


مراقي الفلاح وحاشية الطحطاوي: ص 159، دار الكتب العلمية:

( ويطهر متنجس ) سواء كان بدنا أو ثوبا أو آنية ( بنجاسة ) ولو غليظة ( مرئية ) كدم ( بزوال عينها ولو ) كان ( بمرة ) أي غسلة واحدة ( على الصحيح ) ولا يشترط التكرار لأن النجاسة فيه باعتبار عينها فتزول بزوالها
وقال الطحطاوي: ( قوله : بزوال عينها ) مقيد بما إذا صب الماء عليها أوغسلها في الماء الجاري إلخ

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