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1 Question: Is the sweat of sexual intercourse najis?
Answer: It is clean.
2 Question: Does a woman enter the state of Janabah, if she reaches orgasm without penetration?
Answer: The fluid which a woman discharges in the state of lustfulness and which is called ejaculation – which normally takes place during orgasm – is treated as semen and it will cause janabat (in which case ghusl becomes obligatory). That is to say, ghusl becomes obligatory irrespective of whether there is climax or not. As for the fluid which comes out without lust or the fluid that comes but does not spread out to the underwear and which is only created with little sexual provocation, it does not cause any taklif (obligation) and if there is little fluid that reaches even the underwear but it is little, it is not considered to be ejaculation, so ghusl does not become obligatory.
3 Question: When does a man get junub i.e. enter the state of janabah?
Answer: A person enters the state of Janabat in two ways:
1- Sexual intercourse
2 - Discharge of semen, while sleeping or when awake, little or more, with lust or otherwise, voluntarily or involuntarily.
When one cannot ascertain whether the fluid emitted from one's body is semen, urine or something else, it will be treated as semen if it is thrown out with lust and if the body is slackened. If all or some of these signs are not present the fluid will not be treated as semen. In the case of illness, the fluid may not come out with sudden swiftness and the body may not slacken; but if the emission takes place with lust, it will be treated as semen .
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