Question 7: A muslim youth has a wet dream. What should he do?

(a) If it occurs before sahar in the holy month of Ramadan?
(b) If it happens after Sahar? What about fajr  prayers?
(c) What is the method of taking bath for purification?
(d) Is it sinful if wet dream occurs?

 -D. Ahmed.

Answer 7: (a) If a person gets a wet dream before sahar in the month of Ramadan and has time to take Ghusle Janaba (bath for purification), then he should do it, and then eat his sahar. However, if he does not have the time for Ghusl, he should take Ghusl before the Fajr Prayer.

(b) If a person gets a wet dream after taking sahar in the state of Saum, he should take Ghusl as soon as he wakes up. One's fast does not break by wet dreams. Even if he happens to be in the state of Janaba for some time, there is nothing wrong in it. He should take a Ghusl before offering any Salaah/Prayer.

Narrated Abu Bakr bin Abdur Rahman.

My father and I went to Aisha (R.A.) and she said , " I testify that Allah's Messenger at times used to get up in the morning in a state of Janaba from sexual intercourse, not from a wet dream, and then he would fast that day." (Shaih Bukhari, Vol. No. 3, Hadith No. 1931)

(c) The right way of performing a bath for purification i.e. Ghusle Janaba is given in the following Hadith:

Narrated Maimuna, the wife of the Prophet (Phuh):

Allah's Messenger (pbuh) performed ablution like that for the Salat (prayer) but did not wash his feet. He washed off the discharged from his private parts and then poured water over his body. He withdrew his feet from that place (the place where he took the bath) and then washed them. And that was his way of taking the bath of Janaba. (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, Hadith No. 249)

(d) There is nothing wrong in getting wet dreams nor is it a sin, as mentioned in the following Hadith:

Narrated Ali Ibn Abu Talib

There are three whose actions are not recorded: a lunatic whose mind is deranged till he is restored to consciousness, a sleeper till he awakes, and a boy till he reaches puberty. (Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 3, Hadith No. 4389)