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Clarification on removing the taste of najasah

Source : Shafii Fiqh / 25 Jul 2014


Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

In “Reliance of the Traveler” in the section “Washing away filth”, the sheikh (rahimuhu Allah) says: “But if it is a substance (with discernible characteristics, i.e. najasa ‘ayniyya) it is obligatory to remove all taste of it, even if difficult, and to remove both color and odor if not difficult.

Could you please clarify the obligation to remove all taste of najasah ‘ainiyyah

Jazakum Allahu khairan

wa assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.


Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu,

In Fath al-’Aziz v. 1, p. 59, Imam Rafi’i explained removing the taste of najasah ‘ayniyyah,

“As for perceptible filth, it does not suffice to merely pour water over the area; rather, it is necessary to remove the three attributes: (1) taste, (2) color, and (3) smell. If the taste remains, the spot is still impure, regardless if the taste is accompanied by the other attributes or the taste alone remains….”

In al-Manhaj al-Qawim v. 2, p. 149, Ibn Hajar mentioned that if one thinks the impurity was removed, it is permissible to taste the place to see if any taste is present. And in Mawhibat Dhi al-Fadl, Muhammad Mahfuz al-Tarmasi explained (citing Nihayah) that this is not tasting a known impurity because it is done only after washing and one thinking that purity has been achieved. Thus, this does not contradict the ruling on the unlawfulness of tasting an impurity, as would be the case before washing. That is not permissible.

And Allah knows best.


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