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f:705 -    Water falling in vessel of water while bathing
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Muhammad Abdul Hameed
Question:     While bathing, drops of water which we pour on the body fall in the vessel of water.  Can we bathe with that water?
Answer:     If a person who is in a state of ritual impurity has removed the actual dirt from his/her body, then those drops of water which touch his/her body are called Used Water.  The ruling about such water is that it itself is pure but it cannot purify anything.   For this reason, a bath with only Used Water is not correct.  If Used Water is mixed with Pure Water, then bathing and ablution with such water is permissible; provided Used Water is not more than Pure Water.

Obviously, the drops of water which fall into the to-be-used water are less than Pure Water.  For this reason, if drops of Used Water fall into the vessel of Pure Water, bathing or ablution with that water is permissible, as those drops of water that not Dirty.  If the person has actual dirt on his/her body that has not been removed yet, and while bathing, those drops of water mix with Pure Water, then bathing or ablution with such water is impermissible.  As given in Durre Mukhtar Vol. 1, Pg. No.  134.

Translation:  As long as Pure Water is more than half of the water, then purification with that water is permissible.  Otherwise it is impermissible.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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