Junub (جنب) is an Islamic term meaning ritually impure due to sexual intercourse or seminal discharge. A person in such a state needs to take a bath in order to become ritually pure and be able to perform his prayers. A person while in a state of janaba cannot offer his/her daily salat (prayer) or enter a mosque.
Things a junub person can do
- A person is allowed to touch others except non-mahram.
- A person can sleep without ghusl but have to do ablution.
- A person can walk in the streets.
- A person can have a bath with his wife in a single container.
- A person is allowed to take food.
- A person is allowed to begin fasting in this state
- A person is allowed to carry or touch a tape on which Quran is recorded.
- A person may perform Jihad.
Things a junub person cannot do
- A person is not allowed to offer salat.
- Cannot shave his head. (Men only)
- Cannot cut the nails. (Men only)
- Enter the masjid or even pass through the masjid.
2. al-Bukhaari, 279, al-Bukhaari, 283; 3. Muslim, 305, Muslim, 371, Muslim 306 4. al-Majmoo’ (9/74) 5. Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, fatwa no. 9620
- Laws of Ritual Purity in Islam including bath of purification (ghusl) required for a person who is sexually ritually impure (junub).
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