Performing Ghusl in a well or the sea

Q: A person who is Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity) went down a stream, a well, or the sea with the intention of bathing himself following Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge). Will doing so be sufficient for him?


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. Doing so will be sufficient for him if there is much water, enough to hold two pitchers (equivalent to about 95.62 liters) or more. It was reported that Ibn ‘Umar said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when he was asked about desert water frequented by beasts of prey and animals, he (peace be upon him) said: (Part No. 5; Page No. 322)  “When there is enough water to fill two pitchers (equivalent to about 95.62 liters), it carries no impurity.” This Hadith was reported by the Five Compilers of Hadith (Imams Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhy, Al-Nasa'y and Ibn Majah). According to the wording of the narration reported by Ibn Majah and Ahmad: “Nothing defiles it.” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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