Washing holes in the skin during ghusl
Fatwa No: 310138

  • Fatwa Date:25-1-2016 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 15, 1437
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Assalaamu alaykum. I want to ask you regarding ghusl (ritual bath taken in the state of major ritual impurity). At my penis, I have some overlapping skin that forms a very small hole, like an earring hole, which is wide enough for a needle to pass through it. I find it it very hard to insert water inside this hole, so I just pour water on top of it. Is it obligatory to pass water inside the hole, or is pouring water on it sufficient? I hope that you can reply quickly.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger. 

It is obligatory to pour water over the entire body during ghusl; if water covered this organ, then this is sufficient. Water penetrates the holes on the surface of the skin, and this does not constitute any hardship or difficulty. So it is sufficient for you to pour water over that hole.

We fear that you may be suffering from some sort of waswaas (obsessive whisperings) in this regard. If this is the case, then we advise you to repel such whisperings and totally disregard them.

Allaah knows best.

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