Category: Purity (Tahaarah)
Fatwa#: 37980
Asked Country: United Kingdom

Answered Date: Apr 03,2017

Title: Is Ghusl valid if water did not reach the gums?


Asalamu Alaykum, Moulana, I want to ask that is my ghusl invalid if I think that when I rinsed my mouth, the water didn't reach the gums. Then I prayed salaah, so is my salaah valid? I performed ghusl as I saw a brown particle in my underwear . There wasn't any wetness.


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

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

There are two aspects to your query;

1) According to the most correct opinion in the Hanafi Madhab, gargling is not necessary for the validity of ghusl. Rinsing the mouth is sufficient, albeit contrary to the Sunnah.[1]

2) Ghusl is not obligatory if a brown particle is seen on the underwear.[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: 102)

قوله: "غسل الفم والأنف" أي بدون مبالغة فيهما فإنها سنة فيه على المعتمد

فتاوي محمودية (۸/۱۵۹) غسل میں غرارہ کا حکم – مكتبة محمودية

[2] تحفة الملوك (ص: 31)

مُوجبَات الْغسْل وَيُوجب الْغسْل دفق الْمَنِيّ بِشَهْوَة نَائِما كَانَ أَو يقظاناً وتغييب الْحَشَفَة فِي أحد السَّبِيلَيْنِ من إِنْسَان وَالْحيض وَالنّفاس وَلَا يُوجِبهُ خُرُوج الْمَنِيّ بِغَيْر شَهْوَة وَلَو احْتَلَمَ وَلم ير بللاً فَلَا غسل عَلَيْهِ وَلَو رأى بللاً مذياً أَو منياً وَلم يذكر احتلاما لزمَه الْغسْل

مختصر القدوري (ص: 12)

الموجبة للغسل: إنزال المني على وجه الدفق والشهوة من الرجل والمرأة والتقاء الختانين من غير إنزال والحيض والنفاس

اللباب في شرح الكتاب جلد٢ ص ٢٩

المني وهو: ماء أبيض خاثر ينكسر منه الذكر عند خروجه

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