Features of toilet etiquette among Muslims

We all know that there are unwritten rules of hygiene when going to the restroom, such as washing hands after having relieved of need, or using toilet paper after a bowel movement. However, many people ignore these rules, according to statistics, every fourth person after using the toilet does not wash their hands! What does such behavior depend not only on upbringing, but also on religion

Oddly enough, toilet etiquette is described in detail in the holy book of the Islamic religion - the Koran. The Prophet Muhammad outlined in detail the rules of behavior for believers in the toilet, and some of them will seem rather strange to a modern person.

And so, rules of conduct for a Muslim in the toilet according to Sharia:


  1. According to reports from Muhammad, it is forbidden to turn in the direction of Mecca backwards or in front during the need to turn in the direction of Mecca (every Muslim knows in which direction the Sacred Place is located, since several times a day he performs prayers by turning in this direction).
  2. Touching the genitals with the right hand while urinating, according to the instructions of the Prophet Muhammad, it is recommended to urinate while sitting.
  3. Urine and defecate on the road, in the shade, in public gardens, under a fruit tree, and near water sources.
  4. Bring and quote the Qur'an in a latrine, bring things in the name of Allah.
  5. Relieve needs near the Muslim cemetery, baths and bathing areas.
  6. Wipe with less than three stones and wash less than three times (always finish odd) and rub with excrement and bones.

How to behave:

  1. Enter the toilet with your left foot and, accordingly, exit with your right. Before entering and leaving the toilet, one should read a special supplication of the dua (trans. "In the name of the Lord. O Supreme, truly, I resort to You, moving away from everything that is evil.")
  2. Everything should be done silently in the latrine
  3. Lean on left leg while relieving
  4. It is necessary to wipe with special stones or other objects permitted by the Shariah. (stones were used in ancient times due to the lack of vegetation in the desert area where the first Muslims lived, as well as the high cost of paper and fabrics)
  5. Wash off after stool. To this end, many Muslims carry a bottle of water with them in the European toilet. In modern Muslim toilets in developed countries, instead of a jug (called Aftara), a corrugated hose with a switch is used, connected to a water supply (for example, in the UAE). But in countries with a lower level of development, pitchers and buckets with a ladle are still common.