After performing Istinja'' (cleansing

Q: In Britain we use tissue paper when performing Istinja' (cleansing the private parts with water after urination or defecation). Do we have to use water after using tissues?

A: All Praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. It is permissible to use tissue paper and the like for Istijmar (cleansing the private parts with hard material after urination or defecation), and that is good enough as long as they clean the area properly. It is preferable to use an odd number of these papers, for example, three sheets, or three stones, and so on. However, one should not wipe less than three times. After that, it is not essential to use water but it is an act of the Sunnah.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.