Woke up and noticed a wet stain

Reference: Sharh ‘Umdatil-Fiqh – Tape No.4, Question No.36

Question: Sometimes, when I wake up from sleep, I notice a wet stain, but do not know whether it is prostatic fluid or semen?

Response: This is [what is known as] a wet dream, this is a wet dream. If you do not know [that you have had a wet dream], nor felt anything, but noticed the wet stain, then you are required to have a bath [or shower]. This is based upon the [meaning of the] statement of the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ:

«Indeed, ghusl with water is mandatory at the discharge of semen» – [transmitted by al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, an-Nasaa.ee, ad-Daarimee and Ahmad]

…meaning, ghusl is always mandatory for nocturnal discharge – whether or not you felt anything.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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