Washing Impure Clothes in Washing Machines
Fatwa No: 379315

Question

Assalamualaikum we have automatic washig machine the water pours down on the clothes but the detergent is put on the clothes first then the water pours down on these clothes some clothes are above the level of water flow in the starting later all the clothes are below the water flow in such a case if the cloth above the water flow is impure in 1st round then the detergent may also get impure but if the impure clothes is below the water level then all the clothes will be considered pure and the detergent also?

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.

There is no need to panic about this issue. If water pours down on the clothes and drains without having changed due to impurity, then the water is pure, and so are the clothes. The way of pouring the water in washing machines is known, and whether or not you add washing detergents, what is important is that waster is poured over the place of impurity in these clothes are purifies the clothes, if they were impure to start with.

Allah knows best.

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