Is ghusl necessary if a baby urinates or poos on a person?

Nasihah (Advice): Perform wudhu before sleeping when in the state of major impurity.


Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Umar Radiyallahu anhuma narrates that Umar bin Al-Khattab Radiyallahu anhu told Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam, “I was in need of Ghusl (in the state of major impurity) at night.” Rasulullah Sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied, “Perform wudhu after washing your private parts and then sleep.” (Bukhari)



Question and Answer


  1. If a baby urinates or poos on you while bathing or changing them, do we need to make ghusl or take a shower to remove the impurity?


  1. The urine and stool of a baby are impure.


However, if it touches a person’s body, it does not necessitate Ghusl. One is only required to wash the messed portion. A ghusl or shower is not required. [Tahtaawi 1: 96]


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Moosa Salie

Mufti Taahir Hansa


(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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