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Question : #1247 Category: Taharat / Najasat
Subject: OCD
Question: Salaam,

I have a question regarding najasat and purity.

So I've been suffering from OCD regarding najasat for quite a few months now, and it has reached a point where I am very much burdened by it due to it's progression. I've tried making myself familiar with the rulings regarding najassat and how it's transferred, made tahir, how when you doubt if something has become najas, to regard it as pure, etc etc. However it hasn't really helped to much, probably because I started to treat certain things as najas for a while now, so I can’t remember which thing was actually najis, and which I deemed najis simply due to my OCD. However, now I’m at a point where I feel as if almost everything in my house is najis, and it very difficult to shake this feeling. And I've researched about it, and practically speaking, it is easy to tell someone to just ignore it when you doubt if something is najis, but unfortunately, because like I mentioned, I didn't address my OCD early on, now I feel as if I'm convinced that almost everything in my house is najis, and it is definitely taking a toll on my spirituality, as I have become mentally tired from this feeling.

So I was wondering if you could tell me what the ruling would be in this kind of scenario because if I simply just say everything is tahir, what if I touched something with wet hands which is actually najis, would that cause my prayers to be void and spread the najassat further (keeping in mind that I am certain that something was najis in the past, which was eventually made tahir, however the issue is that I’m not sure if the najassat spread to other things because I handled that item with wet/moist hands.)

Also, one of my big headaches is regarding my house carpets, as I do think that the inside of one of my shoes became najis due to a drop of urine, however I forgot about it as this happened via transit at an airport. Then I wore that shoe for a while, sometimes to the gym, etc. Now I know for a fact that my feet have sweated whilst wearing the shoe, and afterwards when I came home, I walked on the carpets. So does this mean that my house’s carpets are najis? And if the carpets have become najis, can this najasat transfer to wet feet, as I do know that najasat cannot be transferred indefinitely? So if you can elaborate as to at what point najassat stops transferring even if that najis thing comes in contact with something pak. And if the carpet is najis, how can I clean the carpet, as I don’t know exactly where the carpets would be najis (as currently I practically treat my whole house’s carpet as najis). Would those deep cleaning vacuumed, which use water, be enough to clean it as it didn’t come into contact directly with urine? Also, I do know for a fact that there was a time when I know I wore that shoe and stepped on a wet section of my carpet, so is that area definitely najis?

So if you can please elaborate as to how I should address this issue (both with the OCD and regarding the carpets) I would greatly appreciate it as I’ve reached the point of agony regarding my OCD. I know that Islam is meant to make our lives easy, and is a beautiful religion, however this issue is really hindering me in every aspect of my life and has become a big burden.

Thank you so much!
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