Method of Purifying a Carpet or Seat from Urine
Fatwa No: 395362


Assalamu alaykum sheikh i just wanted to ask, what are we meant to do if something hard to wash has urine on it. For example, say someone urinated on a car seat or on a carpet that covers the whole house, and the urine dried, are the carpet and car seats tahir? if we sit on the car seat or step on the carpet, are we tahir? can we pray on that carpet?sheikh keep in mind that we do not have enough money to change all the carpet in the house and clean or change the car seats, so what is the solution? what are we meant to do? Thank you sheikh once again.


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.

The seat or the bed that gets stained with impurity does not become pure by the impurity drying out. Rather, it becomes pure by washing it.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him clarified the method of purifying a bed that gets stained with impurity, saying:

"If a boy urinates on the bed, then we hasten to wash it. But how can we wash it if it is something that is glued to the ground such as big carpets?" We say: First, we bring a sponge and absorb the urine until it dries. After that, we pour water on the urine twice or three times, and by doing so, it becomes pure.” [End of quote]

If the impurity becomes dry on the chair or bed before washing it, then it does not transfer to whatever it comes in contact with if the latter is also dry. Therefore, if someone sits on a chair that was stained with impurity, and its impurity had dried, then his clothes do not become impure just by getting in contact with the place of impurity.

For more benefit, please refer to Fatwa 90907.

Allah knows best.

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