Muslims are required to use running water when cleaning their soiled private parts after visiting the toilet. In cases where there is no water, Muslims are then allowed to use toilet papers.
This cleansing or washing after using the toilet in Islam is known as Istinja. It is important to learn how to do this process so that you become pure and free from physical impurities.
In Islam, there is a code of conduct and a set of rules that should be followed after using the toilet.
This is important because being free from human waste is one of the rules a Muslim should observe before prayers or touching the Quran.
Some of the Islamic toilet rules that Muslims should observe while using the bathroom include:
- Ensure your left foot is the first to step in the toilet when you enter
- A Muslim should remember to face away from the Qibla when using the toilet
- Do not talk while using the toilet
- Do not and never eat while in the toilet
- Never recite or read the Quran in the toilet whatsoever
- Never Take the Quran to the toilet or even near it
- Do not drink anything in the toilet
- Never use your right hand to wash your private parts after using the toilet in Islam
- Use running water
- Ensure you use your left hand to rub the soiled area clean
- Do not make your positive plans in the toilet
- Use a minimum of three wipes or if you have to do more, ensure the wipes are in od numbers
- Never let your kids play or enter in the toilet when they still don’t know the rules
- Ensure your right foot is the one that steps outside as you leave the toilet
When we look at those rules, we see that most of them are for our own good in Islam.
They will protect us from bacterial infections and the evil that dominates the toilets in general.
Can Muslims use toilet paper?
Yes, Muslims can use toilet papers when they are in areas where there is no water to wash themselves.
In this case, you may use a toilet paper in Islam after urination or bowel movement because it is not your fault that there is no water.
However, note that this should only happen when there is no access to water at all and therefore you have no option.
This is because water is the most recommended and the best way to clean yourself.
This is why there are Islamic toilet etiquettes that are set in place to ensure that Muslims remain clean and pure after using the toilet.
You should note that it is haram for a Muslim to use toilet papers when there is clean water to do istinja.
This is because there is no reason why you should use a toilet paper when there is clean water.
Using clean running water is what is expected of you as a Muslim. It is there for haram for you to go against the Islamic teachings when you have no reasons or excuses.
Physical cleanliness is also very important in Islam and this should never be ignored.
How to Clean Yourself After Toilet in Islam
When you have already used the toilet and you want to clean yourself in Islam the halal way, here is what to do. This is always easy especially if there is a bidet in the toilet.
A bidet is the water sprayer that always found the toilet that helps you to easily wash your private parts after urination or passing out stools in Islam.
This is very common and is always automatically installed in almost all the toilets located in Arabic countries.
They are also common in areas where the majority of the population are Muslims.
- Hold the hand shower or a bidet with your right hand
- Spray lots of water on the soiled area while rubbing it clean with your hand
- Ensure do this until you are sure it is clean
- You may then take some toilet paper and use it to dry yourself
- Flush the toilet again and then finish up by cleaning your hands using soap and water
There is also another option that you may use in case there is no hand showers in the toilet. This is as simple as using a bottle or a disposable container.
This process is very important to learn especially if you live in non-Islamic regions were they do not provide the bidets or hand showers in the toilet.
Here is how to clean yourself in Islamic way after using the toilet in western countries;
- Get a clean bottle or a small container that you can hold with your hand easily
- Fill the container or the bottle with water then carry it with you to the toilet
- After you are done using the toilet
- Hold the bottle or the containers with your right hand and pour the water on the soiled area
- Use your left hand to rub or wash the soiled area clean
- You may then use a toilet paper if available to tap yourself dry
- Proceed to the sink and wash your hands with soap and water
How to Use Western Toilet in Islamic Way
Muslims in western countries always ask how they can istinja to clean themselves after using the restroom because in most cases, there is no bidet showers as compared to the toilets in the Islamic countries.
So in western countries, this is not common because they use toilet papers to wipe after using the toilet yet a Muslim would need a hand held bidet to clean his or her self.
Here are some few steps on how to do istinja in western toilets;
- After passing out stools
- Take some toilet paper and roll it on your hand like 3 or 4 times
- Use your left hand to hold it
- Add some clean water to it from the sink
- Just ensure it is soaked just a little bit because too much water will over soak it
- Use this to wipe your self while folding and turning it to use the clean sides
- Repeat until when you wipe, you can no longer see any stains on it
- Flush the toilet then proceed to wash your hands with soap and water
- It is also important to note that when using toilet papers that are of low quality, just try to sprinkle very little water so that they do not stick on you.
Those are the simple steps on how to use the western toilets in Islamic way in cases where there are no bidet showers.
This will leave you clean just like it is required in Islam and you should be fine.
The aim of using clean running water is to leave you spotlessly clean just like this will also help you.
For those who are naturally hairy, it is also important to learn how to shave so that you will always have no problems while using this method to do istinja in western toilets.
How to Clean Yourself After Urination in Islam
After urination, Muslims may clean wash themselves easily using a bidet hand held shower. This is just as simple as following those simple steps:
- Hold the bidet hand shower with your right hand
- Spray or sprinkle the water on your private parts as you wash using your left hand
- You may use a toilet paper to tap yourself so that you dry any water droplets
- Proceed to the sink and wash your hands with lots of water and soap
In case there is no hand held shower like a bidet in the toilet, then you may use the following steps;
- Take an a little or just enough toilet paper
- Sprinkle very little water on it and wipe yourself with it
- When using poor quality toilet paper, do not use water because it may stick on you even if you sprinkle very little water
- This can be a challenge especially to women
- It is then advisable to just wipe using the toilet paper and letter wash at your own convenience
- Finalize this process by washing your hands using clean water and soap
Dua or Prayer for Going into The Toilet in Islam
Islamic toilet rules also dictate that there are certain prayers that you should say before entering the toilet and after using the toilet while you leave.
After entering the toilet while ensuring that your left foot is the one that steps into the toilet, you should then say a dua that will protect you from any evil associated with the toilet in Islam.
Here is the dua or prayer that you should say when entering the toilet;
“Bismillah, Allaahumma innee a’uthu bika minal-khubuthi wal khabaa’ith”;
this means that you are simply seeking protection from Allah (SWT) so that He may keep you from any male or female devil and all the evil that is always associated with the toilet.
While leaving the toilet, a Muslim should also ensure that the right foot is the first to step outside because the right foot symbolizes positivity in general.
While leaving the toilet, a Muslim should say “ghufraanaka”, this is to mean that Allah’s forgiveness is being sought for any evil done or involved in knowingly or unknowingly.
General Islamic Toilet Rules and Istinja Guide
Muslims will always have a challenge when there is no water for cleaning after using the toilet.
That is why it is important to know what is haram or halal when it comes to using the toilet in Islam.
We all know that when people answer the call of nature, is it is always a long call or a short nature call.
We may sometimes we may refer to urinating as number one and Moving bowels as number two.
So you always either urinate or you defecate and the means of purity in Islam by cleansing your body after using the toilet is essential and part of our Islamic religion.
Islamic history has it that the Jews went to Salman (may peace be upon him) and started mocking and judging him that their Prophet had taught them everything even how to use the toilet.
We are told that Salman was not angered by this but rather he saw it as a medal of honor and respect that they were putting on him.
He proudly said yes and told them that the Prophet Muhamad (PBUH) ordered the Muslims not to face or give their backs to the Qibla when in the process of answering the call of nature.
He also added that Muslims are told not to hold their private parts or to wipe clean with their right hands. Muslims are also commanded not to use less than three stones.
By this, the scholars say that Salman was referring to dry wiping because when you defecate or urinate, you have two means of purifying yourself and this is a must in Islam.
Muslims have to do this and it is not something you do only when you feel like because this is a command and the Islamic way of life that is expected of you to follow.
Every single time a Muslim goes to the toilet, they have to purify themselves with one of the two ways.
The first one which is the most preferred to wash with clean water and the other one is to wipe using a toilet paper or something like that because in the past, they used stones.
Istinja is the most recommended way of purifying yourself after using the toilet and this is the finest and the best.
That is to wash your private parts using clean running water from this impurity until it is clean.
The second one is called istijmar, and this is using dry substances such as stones or toilet papers in the modern world.
It is okay for Muslims to use toilet papers if there is no water and this is totally legit.
This means that if a Muslim is in an area where there is no access to water or even if you have access to water but you cannot use it, it is okay to use the toilet papers.
This is totally legit but it has to be a minimum of three wipes and the more you do it past the three wipes, you have to ensure that it has to be in odd numbers.
This means that it is either three, five, or seven times in that order of even numbers.
You will have to count as you repeat the wiping process until you are satisfied that you are clean and that there is nothing out coming anymore.
Islam is a very beautiful religion and the rules that are set are always for our own good.
Those who ignore them will always find themselves in trouble in one way or the other.
May Allah (SWT) protect you and your family so that you are guided to the right path and remain loyal to his will and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed(PBUH)