Washing the perineum in Istinjaa’
Fatwa No: 364612

Question

I am a male, and I have been suffering urethral discharge incontinence for the past 2 years and very mild urine leakage after urination for 10-15 min. I keep tissues in my underwear in order to prevent the spreading of this discharge, but it keeps moving from its place. I always suspect that because of sweating near the private parts, the discharge may reach the area called the perineum (between the legs), but the discharge is only a very small amount everytime. Also, while washing the anus after defecation, the water reaches the perineum area. My question is: do I have to wash the perineum area separately? Please answer in detail.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

If the case is as you described, that you have urine discharges for a few minutes after urinating, then you have to put a cloth or tissues in your underwear in order to prevent the spread of impurity and then remove it after the urine stops and wash your private parts and perform ablution and pray at the time when the urine completely stops.

When doing Istinjaa’ (cleaning oneself using water after answering the call of nature), you have to wash the place that is touched by impurity and whatever part of your body or clothes that you are certain was stained by impurity.

As regards the parts of which you doubt whether the impurity reached them or not, you are not obliged to wash them because the original state is that the impurity did not reach them.

Since you are in doubt about the impurity of the area which you mentioned (the perineum), you are not obliged to wash it; you should only wash that of which you are certain that it is stained by impurity.

Allah knows best.

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