Lingering smell after Istinja

08 Jul 2024 Ref-No#: 6762

After istinja I washed my hands with soap and dried them with a towel I smelled my hand and it still had the smell of faeces. A property of the impurity was still on my hands so is my hand impure and is the towel with which I dried my hand impure now?


Wa ‘alaykum as-salām wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuhu,

If after performing Istinjā (ritual cleansing after using the restroom), you washed your hands with soap and water, and then dried them with a towel, the impurity (najāsah) should have been removed in the process. Islamically, your hands are considered pure and clean. Thus, the towel will also be pure. The towel used for drying hands would not become impure unless it comes into contact with actual impurity (najis substance).

If you still perceive a smell of faeces on your hands, it could be due to residual oudor rather than actual impurity.

In Islamic jurisprudence (Fiqh), for something to be considered impure (Najis), it must have physical contact with impurity and show visible signs of it. Smell alone is not considered a definitive indicator of impurity. Therefore, your hands and the towel would not be considered impure merely due to the smell.

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