Praise be to Allaah.
If maniy (fluid emitted at the point of climax)
comes out of a woman without intercourse, she has to do ghusl. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded women to do
ghusl if they notice water (fluid), as was reported by Maalik in al-Muwatta’
(1/51), and by al-Bukhaari (282) and al-Nasaa’i (1/114) from Umm Salamah
(may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: Umm Sulaim, the wife of Abu
Talhah, came to the Messenger of Allaah
(peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of Allaah, Allaah is not too
shy to tell the truth. Does a woman have to do ghusl if she has an
(erotic) dream?” He said, “Yes, if she sees water (fluid).” In this
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded
women to do ghusl if they see water, i.e., maniy.
Al-Baghawi said in Sharh al-Sunnah (2/9):
Ghusl for janaabah (impurity following sexual activity) is waajib
(obligatory) if either of the following applies: either the tip of the
penis penetrates the vagina, or the gushing liquid is emitted by the man
or the woman… The scholars said that ghusl does not become obligatory
unless one is sure that what one feels of wetness comes from the gushing
Ibn Qudaamah said in al-Mughni (1/200):
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) connected
doing ghusl to seeing (the fluid) when he said: “If you see the water
and if the water gushed out , then do ghusl.” The ruling does not apply
Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath (1/389): This
indicates that ghusl is obligatory for women, if they emit fluid at the
point of climax.
Ibn Rajab said in al-Fath (1/338): This
hadeeth indicates that if a woman sees an (erotic) dream and notices the
fluid when she wakes up, she has to do ghusl. This was the view of the
majority of scholars and no dissenting view is known except for that of
al-Nakha’i, who is the odd one out.
This hadeeth of the Prophet
blessings of Allaah be upon him) makes the matter quite clear, which is
that if any fluid is emitted by the woman – whether it is a little or a
lot – then she has to do ghusl.
On the basis of the above, if a woman feels that
some fluid has come out of her vagina, even if it is only a little, then
she has to do ghusl, because of the report to that effect. It is not
sufficient for her to do wudoo’ in this case unless the fluid which was
emitted was not the kind of fluid for which ghusl is required, such as
madhiy (lubricating secretion) etc., in which case wudoo’ is sufficient.
And Allaah knows best.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid