• +27 11 413 2785/6

Purifying Najaasat (Impurity) On The Skin


Kindly explain in detail how to purify impurity from one’s skin.


Primarily, the impurities are of two types:

1. Nijaasat e Haqeeqiyyah: Physical impurities.
2. Nijaasat e Hukmiyyah: State of being impure, when there is a need of Wudhu or Ghusl.

Nijaasat e Haqeeqiyyah is also of two types:
1. Galeezah: Heavy filth and impurity
2. Khafeefah: Light filth and impurity

Furthermore, if the former (heavy impurity and filth) remains on a person’s body, clothes, etc. while he/she is praying, its amount is taken into consideration. Any solid filth weighing more than 4.86 grams, and any liquid more than the amount that spreads over a person’s inner circle of the palm (2.75cm diameter), invalidates the prayer.

As far as the latter is concerned, if more than one-fourth of a limb or one-fourth of one’s clothes are soiled with Khafeefah (light impurity and filth), it will render the Salah invalid. Although, less than the aforementioned amounts are overlooked by Shariah; yet, it is disliked to pray with it

Additionally, there are two types of Najaasat e Haqeeqiyyah:
1. Marieyyah (Visible filth)
2. Ghair Marieyyah (Invisible filth)

The ruling with regards to cleaning and purifying these is: 

In Marieyyah (visible impurity), one is required to remove the actual substance, unless such traces remain which are difficult to remove.
In Ghair Marieyyah (invisible filth), one is required to wash the impure part of body thrice and, in clothes, one is also required to wash thrice and squeeze the impure part of the cloth after each wash.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.


نور الايضاح ص ٥٩-٦٢
مجمع الانهر ص ٦٠ ج ١ ط: دار إحياء التراث العري 

احسن الفتاوى ص ٨٩ ج ٢ ط: سعيد 

Related Fatawa
When To Do Khilaal Of The Toes

Question Is khilal of the toes with the little finger of the left hand before or after washing the feet? Read more

Part Of The Hand To Use For Masah Of The Neck

Question Is Masah of the neck with the back of the fingers or the back part of the hand? Answer Read more

Method Of Masah Of The Head

Question I have heard of 2 procedures for Masah of the head: First is to pass all 4 fingers over the head Read more

Wetting The Hand For Masah

Question When it comes to Masah of the head, do both the hands as well as the fingers need to Read more

Sunnah Method Of Gargling The Mouth In Ghusl

Question Must water be gargled to the back of the mouth/beginning of the throat or is it only necessary that Read more

Darul Ifta - Darul Uloom Azaadville - Madrasah Arabia Islamia