Sunrise and sexual impurity.

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

I have read somewhere that if the sun rises while a person is in the state of janaabah, the angels will be cursing him/her saying `May the Wrath of Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta`alah) be on you`. The same day whatever deeds he does will bring destruction upon him. So it is incumbent on a person to perform ghusl before sunrise.


Can I know whether it is true or not? Are there any ayaaths or hadiths to prove this?


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Sunrise and sexual impurity

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


To the best of our knowledge, we have not come across or found such a statement in either the Glorious Quran or the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws)!  There is absolutely no obligation or condition in Shariah that the believers must purify themselves from the state of ‘janaba’ or major sexual impurity before sunrise or at any other time, unless of-course it is time for them to offer their prayers.


Although it is highly recommended that one purify oneself immediately after sexual intercourse, there is evidence and allowance in the Sunnah that if one wishes to sleep, eat, or drink or do other chores before purifying oneself, one must at least do the ‘wudu’ or ablution.


If one does not perform the ghusl immediately after sex for any reason, it would be better and purer to perform the wudu (ablution) and go about ones chores or duties,  and perform the ghusl later when one intends to pray or recite the Quran.


Sahih Muslim Hadith 603      Narrated by Aisha

Abdullah ibn AbdulQays said, "I asked Aisha about the Witr (prayer) of the Messenger of Allah (saws) and made mention of a hadith, then I said: ‘What did he (saws) do after having sexual intercourse? Did he take a bath before going to sleep or did he sleep before taking a bath?’  She said: ‘He (saws) did all these. Sometimes he (saws) took a bath and then slept, and sometimes he (saws) performed ablution only and went to sleep.’  I (the narrator) said: ‘Praise be to Allah Who has made things easy (for the believers in the deen).’


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


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