Laws of Religion
Laws of Islam Concerning Ritual Purity and Cleanliness
from the Holy Qur’an, major hadith collections
and Islamic jurisprudence
Our summaries of the Laws of Islam concerning ritual purity and cleanliness cover the concepts of filth, minor and major ritual impurity, the consequences of having filth or impurity and the methods for removing filth and lifting oneself from a state of ritual impurity.
These summaries are based on key source texts of Islamic law written no later than the 14th century, as described on the page Source Texts Used for Laws of Islam. There is no attempt in this work to explain contemporary interpretations of any of the passages or how they are applied in the current practice of Islam. Our summaries are emphatically not intended for use as guidance for religious practice. This work is simply a summary of what the cited texts say in the English translations referred to.
Each topical section in our reviews of Islamic law is divided into two parts. The first summarizes what is said about the topic in the Qur’an and in the hadith collections of al-Bukhari and Muslim. The second part of the page for each topic discussed on this website contains a summary of the jurisprudence, or fiqh, relating to that topic. This system of jurisprudence/fiqh is often referred to loosely as sharia law.
In some places we attempt to clarify what is written in the original texts by offering an interpretation of the meaning. Such comments are always placed in parentheses and are usually introduced with “Editors note.” The reader should have no problem recognizing these occasional comments by us.