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The Friday Ghusl (Hadith No. 817)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Volume 1, Book 12, Number 817:

Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:

The Prophet said, “Ghusl (taking a bath) on Friday is compulsory for every Muslim reaching the age of puberty.”

Fuqahaa’ (experts in Islamic jurisprudence) say it’s mustahabb (recommended) to do ghusl on Fridays.
As for the question about women’s doing ghusl on Fridays, read this.

Do read about some other virtues of Friday. :)

Wassalam.

Tayammum: A Substitute (Hadith No. 334)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Tayammum is allowed when there’s no water available, whether you’re traveling or at home. The condition is: taharri (search and effort to find water). In case you don’t find water and you had to do wudhu/ghusl for prayer, you may do tayammum.

Volume 1, Book 7, Number 334:

Narrated ‘Abdur Rahman bin Abza:

A man came to ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab and said, “I became Junub but no water was available.” ‘Ammar bin Yasir said to ‘Umar, “Do you remember that you and I (became Junub while both of us) were together on a journey and you didn’t pray but I rolled myself on the ground and prayed? I informed the Prophet about it and he said, ‘It would have been sufficient for you to do like this.’ The Prophet then stroked lightly the earth with his hands and then blew off the dust and passed his hands over his face and hands.”

The procedure is also mentioned in this Hadith. We’ll discuss it later though inshaAllah.

Wassalam.

Wudhu Before Sleeping (Hadith No. 284)

Salam.

Hadith no. 282 is a repeat. Read it here. And read Hadith no. 283 here.

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 284:

Narrated Abu Salama :

I asked ‘Aisha “Did the Prophet use to sleep while he was Junub?” She replied, “Yes, but he used to perform ablution (before going to bed).

If you’ve tried it, you know how it feels. I don’t know if it has any scientific benefits or not, but I know this: Prophet (SAW) made extra effort to stay clean and pure and he loved being in the state of wudhu. Isn’t it all that matters?

Wassalam.

Believer Is Never Impure (Hadith No. 281)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Don’t you get the feeling of impurity when you’re Junub (state of being after sexual intercourse) or menstruating? And you feel like you shouldn’t go near/touch holy places and things, like mosques, musalla (place of prayer), mus’haf (Quran) etc? Abu Huraira thought the same, but Prophet (SAW) corrected him.

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 281:

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet came across me in one of the streets of Medina and at that time I was Junub. So I slipped away from him and went to take a bath. On my return the Prophet said, “O Abu Huraira! Where have you been?” I replied, “I was Junub, so I disliked to sit in your company.” The Prophet said, “Subhan Allah! A believer never becomes impure.”

Now this doesn’t mean you should definitely sit on the musalla when you’re menstruating. The implication is: there’s no harm. You can recite/listen to the Holy Quran. But you should be careful about touching its Arabic text.
There’s no need to make things hard for yourself. These ‘impurities’ are natural. You can’t avoid them, neiter should you be ashamed of them. And it’s only Shaitan who wants us to be away from the Dhikr of Allah. Islam doesn’t forbid it in any situation whatsoever. Rather, we’re encouraged to do it all the time. Prophet (SAW) used to recite the verses of Surah Al-Imran when he woke up at Tahajjud time. Note that he could’ve been Junub or just not in the state of wudhu, but he still recited the Quran. So it’s no big deal.
Hope the message is clear enough.

Wassalam.

Wet Dreams (Hadith No. 280)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 279 is a repeat. Read it here.

Volume 1, Book 5, Number 280:

Narrated Um-Salama:

(the mother of the believers) Um Sulaim, the wife of Abu Talha, came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Verily Allah is not shy of (telling you) the truth. Is it necessary for a woman to take a bath after she has a wet dream (nocturnal sexual discharge)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “Yes, if she notices a discharge.”

  1.  Yes, women can have wet dreams as well.
  2. If discharge is noticed, taking a bath (that of Janaba) is compulsory.
  3. The discharge noticed has to be due to a dream (while sleeping). Getting it while being awake does not have the same ruling.
Wassalam.
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