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Impurity of an infant’s urine


Nasihah (Advice): Rasulullah’s Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam love for his family


Sayyiduna Anas bin Maalik Radhiyallahu Anhu narrates, “I never saw anyone who was more compassionate towards his family than Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). His son Ibrahim was in the care of a wet nurse in the hills around Madinah. He would go there, and we would go with him, and he would enter the house, pick up his son and kiss him, then come back.” (Muslim)




Question and Answer


  1. My son is 6 months old and I am now giving him solid food he eats it but not on his own wish. When does his urine become impure?


(Question published as received)


  1. The urine of a baby boy is always impure. The difference in the Mazhabs regarding it relates to the manner of purifying it. In the Hanafi Mazhab, the urine must be washed out of a garment to purify it. In the Shafi Mazhab, it is sufficient to sprinkle enough water on the spot where the urine fell to wet most of it. This applies to a baby boy who is solely breastfed. Once a baby boy starts on solids, the urine must be washed according to all Mazhabs. Your child now falls under this category as he is now on solids. (Shaami Vol. 1 page 318)


Note: The difference of the method of purifying above relates to a baby boy only, not a baby girl. The urine of a baby girl must be washed according to all Mazhabs.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Moosa Salie


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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