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Sunnats and Duas Upon Entering And Leaving The Toilet

Bismihi Ta'ala
1.)           For the purpose of  Istinja, take along water and lumps of clay. To use three lumps of clay or three stones is Mustahab (preferable). If circumstances prevail, then this will be sufficient.
Due to (clay lumps), difficulties are experienced in flushing the toilets. Thus, the Ulama have advised that toilet tissue should be used so that the flush is not spoilt.
2.)         It was the practice of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) to visit the toilet with his head covered and with his shoes on.
[Alaikum besunnati]
3.)              Before entering the toilet recite this Dua:
Dua_Entering the Toilet.jpg



Note: Mullah Ali Qari (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) has written in Mirqaat that with the blessings of the recitation of this Dua, a veil is cast between the person visiting the toilet and the evil Jinns. Hence they are unable to see one’s private parts. 

He has also written that the (ب) of the word

can be read with either a dhamma (Pesh) or a Saakin (Jazm).
[Mirqaat - Vol. 1, pg. 361]
4.)              When entering the toilet, enter with the left foot.
[Alaikum besunnati quoting from Ibn Majah]
5.)          When removing the undergarment, it is better to lower oneself towards the ground as much as easily possible and thereafter remove the garment.
[Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood]
6.)              When coming out from the toilet, step out with the right foot first and then recite this Dua:




Dua_Leaving the Toilet.jpg



7.)           Before entering the toilet, remove any ring etc. upon which any Ayat or the name of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) is visible.
If a Ta’weez is covered with a cloth and sewn, it will be permissible to enter the toilet while wearing it.
8.)              When relieving oneself, do not face the Qibla nor turn the back towards it.
[Mishkaat , Tirmidhi , Ibn Majah]
9.)             When relieving oneself, do not speak except out of absolute necessity. Also, do not engage in any Zikr whilst in the toilet.
[Mishkaat, Abu Dawood - pg. 3]
10.)         Be extremely careful and ensure that droplets of urine and stool do not splash upon one as most of the punishment of the grave is due to not protecting oneself from urine splashes.
[bukhari, Ibn Maajah]
11.)      Do not touch the private parts with the right hand during Istinjaa. Use the left hand for this purpose.
[bukhari, Abu Dawood]
12.)         Where a toilet is not available, relieve oneself behind some barrier so that one is not exposed to others.
[Abu Dawood, Ibn Majah]
13.)        Search for soft ground (when relieving oneself in the open) so that urine does not splash but is rather absorbed into the ground.
[Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood]
14.)         Sit and urinate. Do not urinate while standing.
15.)         After urinating, if one needs to dry himself he should do so behind some barrier (i.e. wall etc.)
[behishti Zewar]
16.)         Perform Wudhu according to the Sunnat at home.
17.)         Perform the Sunnats  at home before going to the  Masjid.  If there is no time for this, the same could be performed in the Masjid.
Note: In today’s times, due to Sunnats being neglected, it is preferable to perform them in the Masjid.
[Kamaalate Ashrafiya]




By Hadhrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb 
(Daamat Barakaatuhum)



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Reason for asking for forgiveness after using the toilet



I would like to know the reason we are asking Allah for forgiveness by saying ‘غفرانك’ (O Allah! forgive me) after using the toilet since we did not commit any sin by relieving ourselves.



The Muhaddithun have offered the following explanations:



1) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was constantly in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala. While relieving himself,  he was not in the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala for obvious reasons. Thus upon exiting, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) sought Allah’s forgiveness for not remembering him in that span of time.


2) Man is not able to thank Allah enough for this bounty of digesting the food and then being able to relieve ones self. Since we are falling short in thanking Allah for this bounty one should seek forgiveness.

(Refer: Mirqat, vol. 2 pg. 69, Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, vol. 1 pg. 43 and Badhlul Majhud, vol. 1 pg. 266)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar



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