Fatwa: # 19862
Category: Wudu
Country: India
Date: 17th March 2012


Is ghusl (bath) required if one browses websites containing nudity?


I have a question that if someone is browsing websites like facebook and youtube and accidentally saw something which is nude or pornographic in nature, does he have to take ghusl?


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

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

It is a despicable and a Haram act for a muslim to visit websites which contain nudity or pornography in nature. As a muslim, one should abstain from visiting websites in which one has the fear of being exposed to such contents. Once a person becomes careless in what he views, it will soon lead things which are more detrimental to his Iman. However, one should be more cautious regarding this matter and repent to Allah for this sin.

Furthermore, if one experiences any discharge while viewing such contents, then the Shari’āh ruling regarding this issue is as followed:

There are three types of fluids that are discharged from a male’s private part besides urine:[1]

1.      Man’i – Sperm: A white thick fluid which emits at the time of ejaculation.

2.      Mazi – Pre-coital fluid: A clear thin fluid which emits due to sexual arousement.

3.      Wadi – Liquid that precedes urine.

Ghusl will become fardh due to the emission of Mani.

Ghusl will not become fardh due to the emission of Mazi and Wadi. Only wudu will have to be made.

In your case of browsing through websites such as Facebook and Youtube, the wetness you perceived is most likely Mazi.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Abdul Hannan Nizami,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي (1/ 20) المتوفي سنة 593 دار احياء التراث العربي - بيروت - لبنان

وليس في المذي والودي غسل وفيهما الوضوء


المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني (1/ 84) المتوفي سنة 616 دار الكتب العلمية، بيروت - لبنان

جئنا إلى طرف انفصال المني؛ يجب أن يعلم بأن المني ماء دافق خاثر أبيض ينكسر منه الذكر هو المذكور في عامة الكتب، وزاد في «الشافي» : ويخلق منه الولد، فمتى كان حركته * يعني مفارقته عن مكانه * وخروجه عن شهوة، سواء كان بمس أو نظر أو فكرة، أو ما أشبه ذلك من الملاقاة وغيرها يجب الغسل بلا خلاف، ومتى كان مفارقته عن مكانه وخروجه لا عن شهوة لا يوجب الغسل عند علمائنا المتقدمين وعامة مشايخنا المتأخرين.

وحكي عن عيسى بن أبان رحمه الله أنه قال: يجب الغسل بخروج المني على كل حال، وهو قول الشافعي: حتى إن من حمل شيئاً، فسبقه المني، فلا غسل عليه عند علمائنا المتقدمين وعامة المتأخرين



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