Commentary on the Hadith Concerning Sleeping in the State of Junub without Making Ghusl

Praise be to Allah,


Narrated Abdullaah ibn Umar (R.A): Umar ibn Al-Khattaab (R.A) said[i],


“O Messenger of Allaah (PBUH)! Can one of us go to sleep while he is in Junub?”[ii] He (PBUH) replied, “Yes if he performs ablution, he can sleep while he is Junub.”[iii]



Important Points Derived from the Hadeeth:


  1. The permissibility of the (Junub) person in a state of major sexual impurity sleeping before performing Ghusl if one (at least) performs ablution.


  1. The most perfect situation is that the Junub should not sleep until performing Ghusl, since it is merely a Rukh-sah (an allowance) to sleep [without Ghusl] after only performing ablution.

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  1. The legislation of the Junub performing ablution before sleeping, if he has not performed Ghusl.


  1. That it is detestable (Makrooh) for the Junub to sleep if he or she has neither performed Ghusl nor ablution.

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  1. The eagerness of the companions to ask about that which is necessary.


Allah knows Best.

Copied from Sources:

Arousing the Intellects with the Explanation of Umdatul Ahkaam. The Book Of At-Taharaah by Allama Sheikh Salih Ibn Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him). page  86

Tayseer al-Allaam Sharh Umdatul-Ahkaam by Shaykh Abdullah ibn Abdur – Rahmaan Aal Bassaam. Page 66



[i] I could not locate the exact wording of the hadeeth that matches the Arabic text above. The following hadeeth is, thus, made of two combined ahadith. I have referenced what part is quoted from where. – Ed.

[ii] Saheeh Muslim, Volume 1, Book 3, Hadeeth Number 702, p. 424 – Ed.

[iii] Saheeh Bukhaari, Volume 1, Book 5, Hadeeth Number 287, p. 203 [with the following addition: [وهو†ج†نب– Ed.

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