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Salamun `Alaykum

The following question was kindly answered by Shaykh Mustafa.

Fee Amaanillah,

Akil Karim
Moderator - 'Aalim Network

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According to some maraje', including my marja', the People of the Book
are not tahir. My question is that whether their cut or detached hairs
are also not tahir. Because I work among such people, and use the same
environment, I usually find hairs in my belongings, including my clothes,
that I am sure are from others. Sometime even after washing my clothes, I
still find such hairs. 

1- Are the detached hairs of those people tahir after washing?

2- Does the presence of these hairs, whether washed or not, in the namaaz
   clothes, cause any harm to namaaz? 

Please answer as per Ayatullah Khui.


Bismihi Ta'ala

According to Ayatullah Khui (RA) and all other maraje', a Kafir is najis
and all the parts of his/her body, whether animate or inanimate, detached
or not, are najis. Hence the hairs from a Kafir found in clothes will be
considered najis and cannot be washed to become paak because a najisul
ayn can never become paak just by washing. 

There remains the fact as to whether Ahlul Kitaab (The People of the
Book) are considered to fit within the category of Kafirs or not.
Ayatullah Khui (RA) considred it as an obligatory precautionary measure
(Ihtiyat-e-Wajib) to consider them as Kafir. 

His view above leaves you with two options:

1) To follow the ruling of Ayatullah Khui (RA) and hence make
   arrangements to have clean clothes specially for reciting prayers OR

2) Since Ayatullah Khui (RA) has deemed them Kafirs as an obligatory
   precautionary measure, you can revert back to another Marja' who allows
   the People of the Book to be considered Tahir (Paak). 

Practically, the best solution is to have a change of clothes before
prayers and all your worries will disappear. 

Reference: Tawzeehul Masail of Ayatullah Khui, Masala No.108; Gujarati

Wallahu A'Alam

Mustafa Jaffer

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