Sleeping in a state of Janabah

Q: Is it permissible for a person to sleep while Junub (in a state of major ritual impurity)?


A: All praise be to Allah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions. It is permissible for a person to sleep while Junub, yet it is preferable and more appropriate before going to sleep following Janabah (major ritual impurity related to sexual discharge) to wash one’s private parts and perform Wudu’ (ablution) like that performed for Salah (prayer). This is supported by the Hadith reported by the Six Hadith Compilers (Al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, Al-Tirmidhy, Al-Nasa'y, and Ibn Majah) on the authority of `Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that she said: “When the Prophet (peace be upon him) wanted to sleep while he was Junub, he would wash his private parts and perform Wudu’ like that for Salah.” May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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