The Sunnah Way of Going to the Bathroom (Toilet)

The Sunnah Way of Going to the Bathroom (Toilet)

Our blessed Prophet & messenger, Muhammed ﷺ was the greatest of all men. He is the ideal example of perfect character & has shown us how to how to live our lives as honorable Muslims in the form of his Sunnah. This includes how one should go to the bathroom.

We have been given the best etiquettes for relieving oneself & below we’ll go over 11 Sunnah of going to the bathroom (toilet).

11 sunnah of going to the toilet

 1) Entering the Toilet with the Head Covered 

Habib bin Saleh (R.A.) has reported that when the Messenger of Allah entered the toilet: He would put on his shoes and cover his head.

 2) To Enter the Toilet with Footware 

The above hadith can also be applied to this point.

Habib bin Saleh (R.A.) has reported that when the Messenger of Allah ﷺ entered the toilet: He would put on his shoes and cover his head.

 3) To Recite the Du’a before Entering the Toilet 

Recite the following du’a before entering the toilet:

Du'a before entering the toilet

 Arabic:  اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْخُبُثِ وَالْخَبَائِثِ

 Transliteration:  Allaahumma innee a’oodhu bika minal-khubuthi wal-khabaa’ith.

 English:  O Allah, I seek refuge with you from all evil and evil-doers.

Related: 10 Special Times to Make Du’a and Have it Accepted

 4) To Enter with the Left Foot 

“When entering the toilet, first place the left foot. (Now), place the right foot on the foot pad (first and then the left); and when coming off, remove the left foot first.”.Zaad ul Ma''aad

 5) To Sit & Urinate 

One should always sit and urinate. Never stand.

“Urinate sitting down. Do not urinate standing”.Tirmidhi

 6) To Leave the Toliet with the Right Foot 

When leaving the toilet:

Go out with the right foot and recite: Ghufraanak. Alahmdulillahilladhee adh-haba annill adhaa wa’afaanee.Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi

 7) To Recite the Du’a After Leaving the Toilet 

The above hadith can also be applied to this point.

Go out with the right foot and recite: Ghufraanak. Alahmdulillahilladhee adh-haba annill adhaa wa’afaanee.Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi

Recite the following Du’a when leaving the toilet:

One should recite this du'a when leaving the toilet

 Arabic:  غُفْرَانَكَ اَلْحَمْدُ لِللَّهِ الَّذِيْ أَذْهَبَ عَنِّيْ الأَذّىَ وَ عَافَانِيْ

 Transliteration:  Ghufraanak. Alahmdulillahilladhee adh-haba annill adhaa wa’afaanee

 English:  O Allah. I seek your forgiveness. All praises are due to Allah who has
taken away from me the discomfort and granted me comfort

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 8) Do not Face or Show your Back Towards Qiblah  

One should not show ones back or face towards Qiblah whilst relieving oneself Tirmidhi

 9) Do not Speak on the Toilet 

Whilst relieving oneself, one should not talk unless out of dire necessity Mishkaat

 10) Be Careful of Urine Splashings 

Ibn Abbas (R.A) reports that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:

The Prophet once passed by two graves, and those two persons (in the graves) were being tortured. He said, “They are being tortured not for a great thing (to avoid). One of them never saved himself from being soiled with his urine, while the other was going about with calumnies (to make enmity between friends). He then took a green leaf of a date-palm tree split it into two pieces and fixed one on each grave. The people said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Why have you done so?” He replied, “I hope that their punishment may be lessened till they (the leaf) become dry.Bukhari

 11) When Done, Cleanse Oneself with Water 

One should cleanse private parts after relieving with water.

In regards to doing Isthinga and cleaning of the private parts, it should be done with the left hand. Your right hand should never be used to clean any of the private parts.

The Prophet ﷺ said:

“When any one of you goes to the lavatory, he should neither touch his penis nor clean his private parts with his right hand.”Bukhari

We hope & pray you’re able to start implementing these sunnah into your daily lives.

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