I do a lot of travelling overseas and within
Australia. I was wondering whether it is considered NAJIS to wash your clothes
at laundry services offered in hotels (overseas or within Australia ones), or
to use the public places where they have many washing machines and you insert
coins to use, or dry cleaning your clothes at a shop?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
It is permissible to use coin operated washing
machines to wash one’s clothes; and impure clothes washed in such
machines will become pure. This is because for
impure clothes to become pure, they should be washed three times; and each time
they should be wrung to remove the water. In washing machines, generally,
clothes are washed and spun dry three times.
dry cleaning, our understanding is that they re-use the same chemical solvent
in every wash by extracting and filtering it after every wash. [Wikipedia] The
thing to note is that if any garment is impure in a wash, it will make the
chemical solvent impure and as a result, all the other garments that it touches
will also become impure. And when the same chemical solvent is used for other
washes, all the clothes in those washes will also become impure. Merely
filtering the chemical solvent will not make it pure. Hence, one must avoid dry
Allah Ta'ala knows best
Mufti Faizal Riza