I know (In Hanafi school of law or Madhab), I need to wash clothes three times to make them clean(pure). But the rule doesn't say anything about using detergent or chemicals, which can effectively remove impurity (Najas).

Does the same rule apply if we use detergent?

  • Is it even possible to remove it with detergent by washing it once or twice? I think you'd need to scrub it after washing, which should end up counting for more, and it spins more than three times in the washing machine.
    – Muz
    Sep 24, 2012 at 17:32
  • @Muz spining doesn't count as times. You need to wash cloth for each time in new water also rinse the cloth to remove every drop of water. That is the rule
    – Anwar
    Sep 24, 2012 at 17:35
  • do you ask only for hanafi answers or for any answer?
    – qdinar
    Jun 6, 2017 at 21:10
  • @qdinar I follow hanafi fiqh so wanted to know that. But any other answer can be written as long as you note about the fiqh. Also I'm not sure if the hukm is same in other majHab/fiqh
    – Anwar
    Jun 6, 2017 at 22:10
  • @Anwar what if somebody answers just based on quran and hadiths?
    – qdinar
    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:55

1 Answer 1


The answer depends on the way of washing, which is one of two ways:

  1. washing in a container (with hands)
  2. washing in running water (includes washing machine) or pouring water on the cloth.

In washing in a container, you must wash three times and squeeze in every time.

In washing in running water, you have two cases depending on the sort of najasa, whether it's seen or not:

  • If the najasa is seen, the mass (Aein) of it must be removed, even in one time. The taste of it must be removed as well. If the colour or smell of it were hard to be removed that will be OK.

  • If the najasa is unseen, water must get in and out of the cloth three times (this will be fulfilled in the washing machine).

Ahmad bin Mohamad Al-Tahtawi, Hashia on Maraqi Alfalah, p. 159

So you can conclude that chemicals wont make a difference except in the case of removing the mass of najasa because the process will be faster.

  • Assalamu 'alaikum and welcome to Islam Stack Exchange! Answers in this site are expected to be packed with references and/or citations. As it currently stands, you answer suffers the lack of sources. Please edit it and add some sources/proofs to make the answer more acceptable. Mar 16, 2013 at 17:02
  • Wa'laykom assalam, thanks for the advice brother, I have added the reference but it's in Arabic. Mar 16, 2013 at 18:53
  • You're most welcome brother, regarding Arabic citations: although it's preferred to add English citations, it's not mandatory, no problem with Arabic citations. (we've already discussed that on meta here ). Mar 16, 2013 at 19:08
  • Thanks brother for the answer. I was expecting similar. So, If I wash cloth in washing machine, it is ok, right. Mind that, we have a machine which does not change water.I think, in that case, I need to wash three times also. Please clarify this. +1 for the good answer.
    – Anwar
    Mar 17, 2013 at 12:07
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    I'm afraid you must wash three times with squeeze in every time. but if this is hard for you, you can follow another mathhab, for example in Maliki mathhab, the taste of najasa must be removed. the colour and smell of it must be removed if easy, otherwise it's not obligatory. regardless of the way of washing, the sort of najasa and the number of washing times. shamela.ws/browse.php/book-21604/page-79 Mar 19, 2013 at 10:44

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