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Red skin : is ghusl valid ?

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As salamu aleikoum,

When I did ghusl, because of dead skin on my back (which I wasn't sure whether it stop the water from reaching the "real" skin), I rubbed my back with a brush. After that, I felt pain a little bit. 

When I finish ghusl, I looked at my back in a mirror and no trace of blood was there. 

I suppose that my back was red at that moment, like when you scratch yourself or like when you shave. It is said that shaving for instance leads to tiny cuts that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 

So, is my ghusl valid even if I think that maybe there was some blood on my back, even if there is no trace of it ? 

Thank you.

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The problem here is not even blood since the brother is obviously doubtful in the extreme. If you can't see any blood, there is no blood. The guiding principle in this case, regardless of your marja, would be that certainty overrides doubt. For you to consider something that was previously pak najis, you must have absolute certainty that it has become najis. Since he knows for sure that before he used the brush his back was tahir and since he now only doubts that there might have been blood, his certainty of taharah previously overrides his doubt and his back is considered tahir. I only gave a simplified answer because entertaining his doubts further would just cause him to doubt even more.

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I have found my answer on Wabil.com yesterday, Al hamdoulilah. For those interested, here is the link : http://www.wabil.com/search_results.php (question ID 2489 et 2490).

Thank you all for your help.

Now, I only fear that my body became najis because of that potentially "invisible blood". Would you consider a "burning feeling" like that to be blood, if you were in my case ? 

13 hours ago, Khadim uz Zahra said:

The problem here is not even blood since the brother is obviously doubtful in the extreme. If you can't see any blood, there is no blood. The guiding principle in this case, regardless of your marja, would be that certainty overrides doubt. For you to consider something that was previously pak najis, you must have absolute certainty that it has become najis. Since he knows for sure that before he used the brush his back was tahir and since he now only doubts that there might have been blood, his certainty of taharah previously overrides his doubt and his back is considered tahir. I only gave a simplified answer because entertaining his doubts further would just cause him to doubt even more.

Thanks for the answer. Yes, indeed I should really ignore my doubts, especially me. But I cannot help thinking that maybe there was some "microscopic" cuts and thus some bleeding. After all, they always talk about microscopic cuts (I don't know the exact word in English) in commercials about shaving. :confused: 

In worst cases, I should only wash myself and change my clothes, without taking a ritual bath again.

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NO, you should not change your clothes and do anything out of the ordinary. First off, a burning feeling is not proof of bleeding so, again, it's you doubting. Secondly, even if you did bleed, in prayer, if your clothes have blood less than the surface area of a coin, your prayer is valid. Since, in this case, even if there is blood, you can't even see it, it is much, much less than a coin and, again, your prayer would be valid. Lastly, even if there was blood, you did ghusl afterwards, which means you took a bath, which would have removed the blood and made your back tahir anyways. Like I've said, you're just doubting for the sake of doubting because there is not one good reason for you to either change your clothes or repeat the ghusl. You might think changing the clothes is not an issue as it only take a few seconds but that's the thing: doing so is giving in to your doubts and if you do that, they will just become worse.

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