Wudu in Swimming pool

Fatwa ID: 02906

Answered by:  Molana Tahsin Alam



Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

Is it allowed to do wudu to obtain taharah in a local leisure centre swimming pool in the UK which will have chlorine in? Also, there are other people that will be using that pool too for swimming. Does it depend on how big the pool is?


   بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم


                                 In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

It will be permissible as long as there is no impurity that has fallen into the pool(with absolute certainty), even if it has been mixed with chlorine.[1] If there is an impurity that has fallen into the pool (with absolute certainty), then the pool will be permissible to use depending on its size. If it is a large pool (i.e. surface area of 20.9 m2 or diameter of 5.16 meters), then it will be permissible to swim in and make wuḍū’ from, unless the impurity has clearly affected the water (by changing either its colour, taste or smell).[2]If it is not a large pool and impurity has fallen in (with absolute certainty), then it will not be permissible to swim in or make wuḍū’ from until it is purified.[3]



Only Allah SWT alone knows best.

Written by Molana Tahsin Alam

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[1]Sh ʿAbdullah ibn Maḥmūd al-Mawṣulī, Kitāb al-Ikhtiyār, volume 1 pg. 20."ويجوز بماء خالطه شيء طاهر فغير أحد أوصافه"

[2]Sh ʿAḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Ṭaḥṭāwī, Hāshiyah al-Ṭaḥṭāwī, pg. 28.

[3]Ibid, pg. 27.

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