Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I may have chicken pox. Doctors urged not to take shower in case any infection happens, which would deteriorate the case further.

What do I do if I have wet dreams and need to take ghusl in this case?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

I pray you are well.

If the doctors have advised you against having the shower in order to prevent the condition worsening, and if you find that you need to perform a ghusl after a wet dream then do the following:

1. Remove the impurity from your body using as little water as possible. This can be restricted to the area.

2. Rinse your mouth and nose normally, and then rub your whole body with a moist hand. This will count as a ghusl.

3. If (2) is not possible then you may perform Dry Ablution (Tayammum). Please see this answer for instructions. (Ibn ʿAbidin, Radd al Muhtar).

It might be a good idea to ask how long you need avoid having showers for. That way you won’t have to do this longer than necessary.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 to study and sit at the feet of some of the most erudite scholars of our time.

Over the following eighteen months he studied a traditional curriculum, studying with scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years, in Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Shama’il, and Logic with teachers such as Dr Ashraf Muneeb, Dr Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr Mansur Abu Zina amongst others. He was also given two licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabr and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic Sciences, Tafsir, Arabic Grammar, and Rhetoric.

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

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