Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 16030
Asked Country: Canada

Answered Date: Dec 17,2007

Title: 1. How does one wash off pig-related impurities? ...2. what is the proper method for cleaning a bucket/container/cup filled with najis water?


1. How does one wash off pig-related impurities?  Is it the same way as any other najis thing, or do you have to wash 7 times and once with soil or something like that, as I've read from other sources?  are there any type of impurities require washing 7 times with water, once with soil?

2. what is the proper method for cleaning a bucket/container/cup filled with najis water?  if the person dumps out the water, many droplets still remain, which are najis.  once the person fills the container again with pure water, it will immediately become najis, wouldn't it?  and after he throws this water out, again najis droplets will remain, and this will continue.  so how does one clean a container filled with najis water?


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

1) It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, “When a dog licks a utensil then wash it seven times. The first and last time with sand.” (Tirmizi, Pg: 72)

عن أبي هريرة : عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم أنه قال يغسل الإناء إذا ولغ فيه الكلب سبع مرات أولاهن أو أخراهن بالتراب وإذا ولغت فيه الهرة غسل مرة (سنن الترمذي، ص: 27)

Based on this Hadith, Imam Shafi’ee and Ahmad ibn Hambal (Rahimahumallah) have opined that the utensil will only become pure after it is washed seven times. (Naf’u Qootil Mughtadhi).

According to the Hanafi Madh-hab, the utensil will become paak by washing it thrice. This is based on a hadith narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (Radiallahu Anhu) as well, in which it is mentioned that the utensil will become pure after washing it thrice. (Sharhu Ma’anil Aathaar)

عن أبي هريرة : في الإناء يلغ فيه الكلب أو الهر قال يغسل ثلاث مرار فلما كان أبو هريرة قد رأى ان الثلاثة يطهر الإناء من ولوغ الكلب فيه وقد روي عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم ما ذكرنا ثبت بذلك نسخ السبع لأنا نحسن الظن به فلا نتوهم عليه أنه يترك ما سمعه من النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم إلا إلى مثله وإلا سقطت عدالته فلم يقبل قوله ولا روايته (شرح معاني الآثار)

There is no contradiction between the two Ahadith  i.e The hadith mentioning washing the utensil seven times and the Hadith mentioning washing the utensil three times as washing seven times is Mustahabb and washing thrice is Fardh. (Al-Arfush Shaziy)

ثم نقول بالغسل ثلاثاً ، ويقول الشوافع بالغسل سبعاً ، وجواب الحديث من جانبنا أن التسبيع مستحب عندنا كما صرح به فخر الدين الزيلعي الفقيه شارح الكنز ، ثم وجدته مروياً عن أبي حنيفة : في تحرير ابن الهمام عن الوبري عن أبي حنيفة فإن أبا هريرة راوي الحديث أفتى بالغسل ثلاثاً كما في الطحاوي ص ( 13 ) ، عن عطاء عن أبي هريرة بسند قوي بإقرار ابن دقيق العيد ، وفي فتوى أبي هريرة الآخر التسبيع ، فقال الحافظ : المأخوذ من الفتوتين ما يوافق المرفوع ، ونقول : لو كان الواجب التسبيع كيف اكتفى أبو هريرة بالتثليث؟ فالتثليث واجب والتسبيع مستحب ، وفتوى التثليث مرفوعة في كامل ابن عدي عن الكرابيسي. (العرف الشذي)

The Fuqaha have categorized the saliva of the dog and pig in the same law, i.e, both are Najis (Impure). Hence the utensil will only become pure after it is washed thrice. (Nihayatul Muraad, Pg: 317) 

والقسم الثاني: سؤر نجس و هو سؤر الكلب والخنزير وسائر سباع البهائم. (نهاية المراد، ص: 317)

2) The method of cleaning a bucket or utensil containing any Najis substance is to remove the Najasat and wash it thrice. After this is done, the utensil will be considered clean in the Shariah. (At- Tas-hih Wat- Tarjih ala Mukhtasaril Quduri. Pg: 151)

وتطهير النجاسة التي يجب غسلها على وجهين: فما كان له منها عينٌ مرئيةٌ فطهارتها زوال عينها، إلا أن يبقى من أثرها ما يشق إزالته، وما ليس له عينٌ مرئيةٌ فطهارتها أن يغسل حتى يغلب على ظن الغاسل أنه قد طهر.(التصحيح والترجيح على مختصر القدوري، ص: 151)

And Allah knows best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed,

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa

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