Adding detergents to water

Adding detergents to water

Frequently Asked QuestionsCategory: JurisprudenceAdding detergents to water
Anis Staff asked 6 months ago

This question is relevant to people who are exposed to large bodies of water such as swimming pools and wells.

Context: there are several categories of water, with regards purity and being able to purify. Key ones are as follows…

  • General water (ماء مطلق): is that type of water that is pure and also purifies e.g. water from a well, water from a river, rain water. If an impurity falls into ‘general water’ then there are rulings on what changes in the water constitute it being regarded as impure. Then there are rulings on how to purify the water again, based on the size of the water container, the source of the water and how frequency the water gets refreshed (e.g. in a well). Then there are specific techniques employed to ensure that the water is purified.
  • Additional water (ماء مضاف): is that type of water that is pure but does not purify e.g. extracted from a physical object or body such as juices. If something impure comes into contact with this type of water, it is immediately treated as impure and you cannot purify it in the same way that you would with ‘general water’.

Question: when water has had a sanitizer or cleaning agent added to it, such as Dettol, chlorine or Titan, is the water then regarded as general water or added-water?

الماء الذي يضاف إليه شيء من المعقمات أو مواد التنظيف كالديتول أو الكلور أو التايت, هل يعد ماءً مطلقاً أم مضافا؟


1 Answers
Anis Staff answered 6 months ago
It is not regarded as ‘added water’ (i.e. it is regarded as general water) until and unless the additive(s) changes (its constitution to the point that) you can no longer call it ‘general water’

لا يعد ماءً مضافاً حتى تغلب عليه المادة المضافة وتخرجه عن مسمى الماء المطلق

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