Ruling on urethral discharges


Got this in  Q&A with the offices of Sistani:

Question:

Salaam Alaikoom Wa Rahmat Allahi Wa Barakatu,

Throughout the day, I find myself having erections. During (and after) the erection, I get a slight discharge of a clear substance which I suspect to be pre-ejaculatory fluid. I can control myself from engaging in intercourse or masturbation, but I cannot always control the frequency of erections. If I have this slight discharge after an erection, am I considered impure and do I have to perform ghusl?

Is the slight discharge after an erection enough to put me in the state of janabat and does this require mandatory ghusl for prayer? Remember that these discharges (which are often very slight and clear) are not caused by intercourse or masturbation.

Thank you for the reply. May Allah (swt) reward your efforts.

Answer:

In the name of Allah, the Most High

It is clean and ghusl or wudhu is not necessary.

Wassalam

This has been stated throughout out shia sahih & hasan ahadith.

عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ حَرِيزٍ عَنْ زُرَارَةَ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ إِنْ سَالَ مِنْ ذَكَرِكَ شَيْ‏ءٌ مِنْ مَذْيٍ أَوْ وَدْيٍ وَ أَنْتَ فِي الصَّلَاةِ فَلَا تَغْسِلْهُ وَ لَا تَقْطَعِ الصَّلَاةَ وَ لَا تَنْقُضْ لَهُ الْوُضُوءَ وَ إِنْ بَلَغَ عَقِيبَكَ فَإِنَّمَا ذَلِكَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ النُّخَامَةِ وَ كُلُّ شَيْ‏ءٍ يَخْرُجُ مِنْكَ بَعْدَ الْوُضُوءِ فَإِنَّهُ مِنَ الْحَبَائِلِ أَوْ مِنَ الْبَوَاسِيرِ وَ لَيْسَ بِشَيْ‏ءٍ فَلَا تَغْسِلْهُ مِنْ ثَوْبِكَ إِلَّا أَنْ تُقْذِرَهُ

Source: Al-Kulaynee, Al-Kaafee, vol. 3, ch. Al-Madhee and Wadhee, pg. 39, hadeeth # 1

  • Al-Majlisi says this hadeeth is Hasan in Mir’aat Al-‘Uqool, vol. 13, pg. 123
  • Bahboodee says this hadeeth is Sahih in SaHeeH Al-Kaafee, vol. 1, pg. 193

Note: Only reason why Al-Majlisi graded this hadeeth Hasan is because ‘Alee ibn Ibraaheem’s father (Ibraaheem bin Haashim Al-Qummee). He (Ibraaheem bin Haashim) is just “praised” and there is no clear-cut tawtheeq for him so that’ll drop the grading to Hasan. Because of this issue, especially since it is ‘Alee ibn Ibraaheem’s father, this is taken LIKE a Sahih hadeeth.

عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ أُذَيْنَةَ عَنْ بُرَيْدِ بْنِ مُعَاوِيَةَ قَالَ سَأَلْتُ أَحَدَهُمَا ع عَنِ الْمَذْيِ فَقَالَ لَا يَنْقُضُ الْوُضُوءَ وَ لَا يُغْسَلُ مِنْهُ ثَوْبٌ وَ لَا جَسَدٌ إِنَّمَا هُوَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ الْمُخَاطِ وَ الْبُزَاقِ

Partial Translation: Yazeed bin Mu’aawiyah asked about Al-Madhee (urethral discharge). He (as) said, It does not break Wudoo- and no need for ghusl….

Source: Al-Kulaynee, Al-Kaafee, vol. 3, ch. Al-Madhee and Wadhee, pg. 39, hadeeth # 3

  • Al-Majlisi says this hadeeth is Hasan in Mir’aat Al-‘Uqool, vol. 13, pg. 124
  • Bahboodee says this hadeeth is Sahih in SaHeeH Al-Kaafee, vol. 1, pg. 193

The same issue as the first hadeeth I mentioned. It has Ibraaheem bin Haashim Al-Qummee .

وَ بِهَذَا الْإِسْنَادِ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ عَنْ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ حَرِيزٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي زَيْدٌ الشَّحَّامُ وَ زُرَارَةُ وَ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع أَنَّهُ قَالَ إِنْ سَالَ مِنْ ذَكَرِكَ شَيْ‏ءٌ مِنْ مَذْيٍ أَوْ وَدْيٍ فَلَا تَغْسِلْهُ وَ لَا تَقْطَعْ لَهُ الصَّلَاةَ وَ لَا تَنْقُضْ لَهُ الْوُضُوءَ إِنَّمَا ذَلِكَ بِمَنْزِلَةِ النُّخَامَةِ وَ كُلُّ شَيْ‏ءٍ خَرَجَ مِنْكَ بَعْدَ الْوُضُوءِ فَإِنَّهُ مِنَ الْحَبَائِلِ

Partial Translation: Question posed to our 6th Imaam (as) about Madhee or Wadee, you do not need to do ghusl, it doesn’t interrupt your salaah and it doesn’t break your wadoo-

Source: Al-Toosi, Tahdheeb Al-aHkaam, vol. 1, ch. 1, pg. 21, hadeeth # 52 & Al-Majlisi says this hadeeth is Sahih in Milaadh Al-Akhyaar, vol. 1, pg. 108

& here is ahle-sunnah sahih hadith from sahih al-bukhari:

Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 5 :: Hadith 269

Narrated ‘Ali: I used to get emotional urethral discharge frequently. Being the son-in-law of the Prophet I requested a man to ask him about it. So the man asked the Prophet about it. The Prophet replied, “Perform ablution after washing your organ.

So you can see shia can perform salah while urethral discharging because it doesn’t break wudoo.

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