Does Touching Private Parts During Ablution Break It?
Question: Dispelling Misconceptions Does cleaning children during ablution break it?
Answer: Touching someone’s private parts with lust violates ablution Dispelling Misconceptions. However, touching without lust differs. It’s customary that touching a child’s private parts for cleanliness doesn’t breach ablution. Touching private parts, if breaking ablution, could become common, causing pain and embarrassment. If this act violated ablution, only Companions would be known as orphans, and followers as Salim.
Evaluating the Fatwa
This fatwa from Al-Shaykh Ibn Jibreen, may God bless him and grant him peace, lacks validity. No sahih hadith mentions that if someone lustfully touches their private parts, ablution breaks while touching without lust doesn’t. However, Sahih Ibn Hazrat Abu Hurairah in Hibban narrates: When a person’s hand touches their private area with no obstacles (cloth, etc.), they must perform ablution. Imam Hakim Oran Abdul Bar confirms this hadith as Sahih. In the same context, the fatwa states, “A woman touching her child’s private parts while performing ablution will break her ablution and must redo it.” There’s no evidence, as it’s unknown to the Companions and the Noble Companions, to avoid performing ablution from the awrah in Landa. Despite the fifteenth Companion stating this hadith, “Man” Miss Zikra Filatuza,” the person who cleans their private parts, if they touch their hands, should perform ablution. Allah knows best.
Is Oil a Barrier to Ablution?
Understanding the Role of Oil in Ablution
Question: Scholars suggest oil forms a barrier preventing water from reaching the body during ablution. Sometimes, while cooking, a few drops of oil fall on my hair and genitals. Is it necessary to wash these areas with soap before ablution or ghusl to allow water to reach them? Similarly, I sometimes apply oil to my hair for treatment. What should I do in these situations? Please advise.
Clarifying the Use of Oil in Ablution
The command to wash and anoint these organs necessitates removing anything hindering water from reaching them. If it remains, these organs can’t perform ablution. Therefore, when using oil on ablution organs, it’s not free from two situations. Either the oil is solid, in which case it’s necessary to remove it before ablution. If the oil in its thickness form remains, it obstructs water from reaching the body, preventing purification. The second case is a liquid oil with no thickness, affecting only the ablution organs. Such oil is harmless, and ablution can proceed without soap. While washing the limbs, ensure thorough mixing to prevent water from slipping, leaving the limbs dry.
The Essentials of Ablution According to Islamic Guidance
Before we answer this question, let’s consider the saying of Allah: “O you who believe! When you get up for prayer, wash your faces and hands up to the elbows and your heads and feet up to the ankles.”
We have addressed common misconceptions about ablution, specifically regarding touching private parts and using oil. Understanding these practices’ nuances is crucial for practicing Muslims to ensure correct ablution and maintain ritual purity. Always consult knowledgeable scholars and refer to authentic sources when seeking religious guidance.
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