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from one of the companions of Imam al-Sadiq (AS), 'Imam al-Sadiq said, 'A believer must never humiliate himself.' When asked how he would humiliate himself, he replied, 'By embarking upon something which he later has to make excuses for.'
Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq [as]
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Subject: How to use the high toilet (we
Question: In the name of Allah, most Gracious most Merciful and may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon his beloved messenger Muhammad (SAW)
We live in a world wherein which wherever you go it is only the high toilet that is available. Whether it be at the home of a relative, international airports, the musjid etc it is only the high toilet that is available. This is a topic that has caused me great confusion and doubt since there is no clear cut answer and everybody has their own opinion. Some are even embarrassed to ask this question let alone answer it fully.
'A'isha radi Allahu anha used to praise women of the Ansar in the following words, “How good were the women of the Ansar that they did not shy away from learning and understanding religious matters.” (Muslim)
Please note that this e-mail is sent only to get guidance and to be saved from the punishment of the grave. I am in no way trying to be vulgar, obscene or rude.
A few points that I have heard/ experienced about this topic:-
1. Before salaah, comes wudhu and before wudhu comes taharat (cleanliness). Therefore one cannot fulfil a proper salaah if the taharat is not proper.
2. I have heard people saying that the high toilet causes splashing
3. Ibn ‘Abbas related that the Messenger of God, upon him be God’s blessings and peace, passed by two graves and said: “They are being punished, but not for a great matter (on their part). One of them did not clean himself from urine, and the other used to spread slander.” (Tirmidhi)
4. One of the punishments in the grave is when we do not clean ourselves properly from urine as the above hadith suggests
5. A hafiz from the Darul Uloom did not use the high toilet at a relatives place – he chose to relieve himself at a later stage by keeping the urine in. (I am sure that this practice of keeping the urine in is unhealthy and uncomfortable especially if you have to perform salaah)
6. An elderly lady who had a foot problem continued to use the flat toilet even though it caused her pain. She was told that the high toilet causes splashing which is a punishment in the grave.
7. I was told to throw a lot of toilet paper into the toilet as this prevents splashing to a certain extent only
1. How do I use the high toilet in a detailed step by step guide – please include minor details like take your trouser off etc as this makes it a systematic procedure to follow
2. Some toilets get blocked when throwing too much toilet paper inside the toilet to prevent splashing – is it then sufficient to throw a small amount of toilet paper although this will not prevent splashing.
3. Should I wash my penis with my left hand or merely just pour water over the penis
4. After I have washed my backside with my left hand, is my left hand now dirty. Does this mean that I have to wash my left hand first before picking up my trouser?
5. When urinating using the high toilet, I am not sure if urine splashes back on me as I have a lot of hair on my thighs and might not feel any splashing. The only splashing that I do feel is when stool falls into the urine that is at the bottom of the toilet. Can splashing occur whilst urinating against the front inside part of the high toilet
6. There are times when I don’t even pray my salaah because I doubt if I am clean after using the toilet. How can I face my creator who is pure when I feel impure. There must be no doubt of any impurities when I stand before our creator.
7. What happens if urine splashes onto any part of the body – do I have to make a complete ghusl?
8. Can I still use the toilet without using water to clean and just use toilet paper? Will I still be clean and be able to pray salaah and read the quraan etc.
Kindly answer all my above questions because my brother, at some stage in your life you too will have to use the high toilet whilst travelling or other. Please note that your answer will be given to the generations to come because I will inform my children, friends and family. Thank you from saving me, my family and friends from a punishment in grave and I wish that you, your family and friends be also saved from the punishment of the grave.
May Allah reward you for your efforts and time
Your bother in Islam
Salaam Alaykum Brother,
Thank you for your very thought out question and Insha'Allah it will be a source of reference for yourself and others.
Before I answer, it's important to note that doubt has no value in Islam. One must always consider everything in the ritually pure as long as he/she does not know that it has become impure. Just conjecture or doubt about impurity is of no value.
I will answer according to your questions.
1. First place wet toilet paper on the walls (wet the paper with the flash) of the toilet. To remove all forms of doubt, sprinkle small water over your trousers, then proceed to opening the zip and commence urinating.
2. Yes it is sufficient, and as mentioned above, sprinkle your trousers to disguise between urine and water.
3. Istibra is a recommended act for men after urinating. Its object is to ensure that no more urine is left in the urethra. There are certain ways of performing Istibra, and the best of them is that after the passing of urine, if the anus also becomes najis it is made Pak first.
Thereafter, the part between the anus and the root of penis should be pressed thrice, with the mid dle finger of the left hand. Then the thumb is placed on the penis, and the forefinger below it pressing three times up to the point of circumcision, then the front part of the penis should be jerked three times.
Istibra is not meant for women, and if she sees any liquid and she doubts whether it is urine, that liquid is Pak, and it will not invalidate Wudhu and Ghusl.
4. When washing your backside with water, you are purifying yourself with water, hence your hand is not najis.
5. Splash back may occur, so please employ the suggestions from answer (1) and (2) that to prevent doubt, sprinkle water over the areas that urine may splash back on.
6. You should not pay heed to your doubt and keep on considering it as valid.
7. Ghusal is only required when sexual intercourse or discharge of semen habe taken place. If urine splashed on other parts of the body, water is sufficent over that area.
8. Water must be used to purify oneself once the lavortory has been used. If water is unaviable, then stone, clod or cloth will be enough as a substitute.
Insha'Allah this assists you.
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