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Traces of janaabah (impurity) on clothes. What you should do?

If a person sees some traces of janaabah (impurity such as semen, etc.) on his
clothes, and he has already prayed some prayers without realizing that this was there,
he should do ghusl and repeat the prayers done since the most recent period of sleep
wearing these clothes. If, however, he knows that this janaabah is from a previous period of sleep, he should repeat all the prayers since the end of the sleep in which
he thinks the janaabah occurred. (al-Mughni ma‘a al-Sharh al-Kabeer, 1/199).  



The evidence that he should perform ghusl for salaah in cases of janaabah is to be
found in many places, such as the aayah ―O you who believe! Approach not the prayer
when you are in a drunken state until you know (the meaning) of what you utter, nor
when you are in a state of janaabah (i.e., in a state of sexual impurity and have not
yet taken a bath), except when travelling on the road (without enough water, etc.),
till you wash your whole body…‖ [al-Nisaa‘ 4:43] and the hadeeth of ‗Ali (may Allah
be pleased with him) in which he said: ―I was a man who experienced a lot of urethral
discharge, so I kept washing myself (doing ghusl) until the skin on my back started to
crack. I mentioned that to the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
him), or it was mentioned to him, so he said: ―Don‘t do that. If you see discharge,
wash your private parts and do wudoo‘ for prayer as usual. If water (i.e., semen)
gushes out, then do ghusl.‖ (Reported by Abu Dawood, no. 206; classed as saheeh by
al-Albaani in Irwaa‘ al-Ghaleel, no. 125).


This indicates that when semen is emitted,
ghusl is a must, but when there is discharge, it is enough just to wash the private part
and do wudoo‘.

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