Is Non-Muslim Who Becoming Muslim Required to Take a Bath? ~ Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about whether non-Muslims who enter Islam must take a bath or not. In Islamic teachings, non-Muslims who have converted to Islam, their minds are clear of beliefs that are different from beliefs outside the teachings of Islam. The problem is, in Islamic teachings, there are a number of rituals that require a Muslim to be pure, both heart and physical. We can understand the sanctity of the heart as an acknowledgment of the foundations of faith. Whereas physical purity is the absence of unclean or hadas in the body of a Muslim. Physical purity can be achieved by ablution or bathing.
As always, before I talk more about the topic of this article, I will quote one hadith specifically related to our discussion. Pay attention!
Hadith About “Is Non-Muslim Who Becoming Muslim Required to Take a Bath?”
The hadith about “Is Non-Muslim Who Becoming Muslim Required to Take a Bath?” that I mean is as follows:
عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ ؛ فِيْ قِصَّةِ ثُمَامَةَ بْنِ أَثَالٍ عِنْدَمَا أَسْلَمَ وَأَمَرَهُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Abu Hurairah radliyallaahu anhu, about the story of Tsumamah bin Atsal when he converted to Islam. The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam told him (to take a bath). The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
I need to say here, that there are differences of opinion among experts on Islamic law on this issue;
One; Ahmad argues, that non-Muslims who enter Islam must take a bath. Thus, the law is mandatory.
Two; Malik and Ash-Shafi’i, non-Muslims who entered Islam had to take a bath if he had a junub (his sperm came out) before he converted to Islam, whether he had bathed or had not taken a bath. But if he is not junub, then he is only advised to take a bath.
Three; Abu Hanifah argues, that non-Muslims who enter Islam must take a bath if they have previously been junub and have not taken a bath. But if he has showered, then he is not obliged to take a shower.
All readers! If you understand what I have said above, then you know, that the law of this matter is concerned with compulsory, recommended, and not obligatory. Here I will not make a legal conclusion. I will use these differences of opinion to answer the question above. I mean, we can take anyone’s opinion! I am convinced that differences of opinion are a blessing for humans.
Now, after we know the hadith and the brief explanation about non-Muslim who becoming Muslim, do you understand? The problem is simple and the explanation that I have conveyed is also very clear. So, I hope you understand. But if you have questions, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!
See you again in the next article!