How do Muslims clean their bums after poop

Not until recently when I went to Tunisia for a trip, I realise that Muslim people don’t use toilet paper to clean their bums after poop. Instead, they clean with water using their left hand, usually a bidet or jug. That is why in Muslim toilets each toilet cubicle has a jug of water on top of the cistern.

This habit exists in Arabic countries, India, and north Africa. In many Asian Countries, people use a system where they do not sit, they squat and after the business they wash normally using a spicket to spray it out. Therefore, a special tip for travelling to these countries is: always keep some toilet paper in your bag, and pack some toilet rolls in your luggage.

I don’t mind squirt my bum with water and then use toilet paper to wipe dry, as long as my hand is not in direct contact with my behind. The problem is that I found the direction of the jets does not point to the anal area. It is extremely difficult to position yourself over the water jets so that the water hit the desired area. Another problem is the temperature of water. Once I ended up burning my sensitive area when I turn on the bidet. I remember I left the temperature control at the exact place where its temperature was comfort last time!

Left or right

This is why Muslims never eat with the left hand nor give it out when shaking hands. They don't greet or shake hands with their left hand. It is considered disgusting and rude. When you eat a meal with them, it's a good idea to tuck your left hand under your thigh. Right hand is used for noble business such as putting on garment and shoes, entering the mosque, shaking hands, etc, whereas left hand are for dirty jobs like blowing nose.

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Robie Benve 3 years ago from Ohio

Hi elfear, you make bidets sound like a mystic experience, I like your humor. However, in Italy and France they are in every family's bathroom, and we installed one in our American home as well - kinda puzzled the plummer! ;)

(BTW, we are not Muslims and we can use either hand. )


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Maria Cecilia 3 years ago from Philippines

Yeah I agree with Robie.... what ever hands you used as long as you wash your hands with soap and water after every deed then you are already clean, if you are not contented with that you can use a hand sanitizer after or alcohol. why not touch the behind where the poop goes out? it's your own behind that you must clean not anyone's... just a thought LOL.... nice hub anyway.... by the way I am not a Muslim too..


Cecelia 3 years ago

I am a Moslem and clean my bum with a mixture of mr clean Lysol and listerine . The burning pain is the pleasure of Allah


Certy 3 years ago

Very bizarre , you people are not from here


hamza 2 years ago

@cecelia don't be a dumb ass. Stop insulting our god and traditions. FYI Iam Muslim and proud.

Ps. It's not Moslem its MUSLIM


mehmet 2 years ago

Cecelia have you used tobasco sauce? It works better than listerine. By the way you can use either word moslem or muslim. I studied the kuran (koran ) in my childhood.


disgusted 2 years ago

Is it really necessary to use your hand to wipe your ass when using bathrooms in the US ? There is plenty of toilet paper.

To wipe your ass with your hand after going to the bathroom

is nasty. The sink wasn't meant to run feces down it. You want me to believe and hope that you would be so careful as to not touch the faucet or the flusher with your crap wiped hand. Really?

I have to use the same bathroom. I never imagined that when I turn on the faucet, or squeeze the soap lever,... that someone before me whether Arab or not but Just an idiot got feces on the handles from their hand after wiping his ass.

The sink is not supposed to have fecal matter run down it.

Think about the poor plumber that has to eventually clean the trap.

That nasty stuff down the drain isn't supposed to be feces.


R. D. Wager 24 months ago

I bought an appliance at Home Depot that attaches under the toilet seat and squirts water right in the proper spot. Wonderful and less than $70 bucks. Once you use it you will be hooked.


Ahmad 24 months ago

What does that have to do with Moslems?


Robbie 21 months ago

I have a Muslem friend and just give him a hug....... cleaner!


Idris 21 months ago

We have no paper where I live so just use unused sand to clean, like our camels and goats who have the itch


Nicole 19 months ago


yc 19 months ago

Every one so cluey ??? Tell me...where did these desert beduins find water in the desert say 100 years ago ?? Their modern toilets display of toilet paper these days is only incidental... Need to ask more ?


Brownie 18 months ago

You Muslims are disgusting and filthy. You all need to seriously stay out of the USA and go back to your own country. Pigs are cleaner than you and smell a lot better too.


Jad 17 months ago

You got it all wrong.I'm a muslim and the way I clean myself after i use the toilette is by water either a (bidet or a water spray) without having my hands in contact with my private areas. After that i wipe my private area dry with a toilet paper. This has nothing to do with You being a muslim or not. It is the healthy way to clean yourself. It is something you do because It feels more comfortable to go about your day feeling so fresh and so clean, your underwear is clean and there is no fecal residue stuck somewhere in between your butt cheeks.


Hope N 17 months ago

Had prophet Muhammed lived in our time now, he would have not recommended using your left hand to clean your behind, instead he would have encouraged you to use toilet papers first then the bidet and that is the healthy way to clean ourselves without exposing others to nasty germs and bacteria. So let us be more conscious when we are preparing food or eating in restaurants that we use toilet papers and then water and then we still wash our hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water before we touch anything else.


jimmy2827@gmail.com 16 months ago

@ Hope N

Do note that toilet paper is actually a soften-ed paper, and back in the days of the Prophet, they did have paper - all kinds and types of paper. Beside, we are not saying you're going to scoop poop off your ass then go and eat or touch others. Islam teaches Bathroom Etiquette. Yup, you heard it right! You have to first use water after using the toilet, AND it's advised to dry the water with a cloth or paper (toilet paper included) and discarded cleanly afterward. Secondly, you must wash your hands thoroughly (with soap, they had soap-like-leafs back in the Prophet's days called "Sidr"). Now you might think that's it right? Nope...the Islamic Bathroom Etiquette dictate that you MUST clean the toilet you used if it's dirty - this means it must also smell good for the next person to use it.

@Brownie

Have you ever came in contact with an actual Muslim (not a so-called Muslim) then we shall have your real thoughts. No, Hindu Indians are not Arabs and aren't Muslims -rolles eyes-.

@Mehmet@All

It is not right to say Moslem (pronounced by people as Mozlem) as it means "one who is evil and unjust". The correct word is Muslim (a religious follower of the religion Islam (Islam have 5 definitions - Google that, not going to post it :-) )

Also, @Mehmet, when you "study" the Quran, you will realize that the word Koran is not correct either.

@To_all

Japan been using this technique for a very long time, and they're not Muslims. Yet no one mentioned it illy. Just saying...


SkullZ1204 16 months ago

Actually @Brownie that's just part of religious culture and what u said was extremely mean and rude. You should be ashamed of what you said about Muslims!What if someone said something mean and rude about ur religion or culture? How would u feel?


Someone 15 months ago

Ignorant people lol... so ur better of smelling like shit all day and have feaces poke ur anus...

People who don't wash their bum after number two are disgusting, smelly and gross!

And u will never meet a muslim that would stink of piss or shit...islam not only teaches how to be a better person but it also teaches etiquettes, manners, self presentation


kostas 13 months ago

If you don't use papper first you can't clean your anus properly. The best thing is to scavenge the are so no feces trace remains and then use water and soap to clean it. Otherwise your anus will still be dirty.

I can not undersatnd how is it possible for a religious book (Quran) to describe such things as washing your ass. Religion is about spirituality, reading about toilets is like reading a magazine, not a religious holy book. I've never read the Quran so I may be mistaken, but that's what I've heard.


Ilikemozlems 12 months ago

Islam consistently tries to differentiate itself from everyone else, and self promote itself as the best, but even a childs common sense can often see way past islamic supremacist propaganda.

Most non inbred people do not require a 'holy book' to teach about hygiene.

It is a fact that touching your own anus with your bare hand is disgusting. Especially when i've seen so many moslems with terrible nail cair; and they also eat with their hands.

For normal people who shower at least once a day(what does it say in the koran about showerin?) It would be utterly disgusting to use some little cup to get re-used crap water and clean yourself with that. (I'm trying to picture public washrooms here, cant imagine how gross it would be in a mozlems house.) Then what? you take the cup down and throw it in the dishwasher?

Atleast when a none moslem wipes there butt with white paper and doesnt get brown marks, they actually now they are clean. That is why you don't smell shit when in a crowded area of westerners...unless of course a mozlem has his hand near your face.

I actually have my daily poop and shower work out in a row as of late...great.

and I firmly maintain that my hand should never touch poop. Anything that touches poop goes directly into the designated disposal, but I'm really wondering - how exactly do they keep this hand wetting for the purpose of ass wiping dish clean? ...good guesss...just more water? would make sense I mean afterall, mohamed said camel urine can cure all ills......, maybe wash with camel urine? well - mohammed - the perfect example of a man would know for sure.

- when mozlems are using public toilets in the west, where do they get the water? toilet bowl? that would be the only water available after dropping the king coiler, and really, germ wise, what differnce would it make? right? compared to just having a small dish by the toilet.....


Ilikemozlems 12 months ago

fact - water does not disinfect anything, actually water can contain dangerous bacteria.

Only when used with soap, and then rinse the soap off with fresh water are you actually cleaning yourself.

Wiping your ass is just maintenance before the shower.

But claiming that using some disgusting water dish is better then actual sanitary toilet paper is down right mozlem.

All of this really illuminates how mozlems dont want to integrate, think they are not equal but better....and if you listen to any mozlem in a position of power - they will take over the entire world eventually.


Jordan 12 months ago

You are right. I remember one telling trying to force his religion on me. He told i was looking at his private part and hewas naked in the gym walking around the gym he said men should not look at men private . Is not lookig at him. I was very scared . He then said I am muslim and I will see. One bold muslim. I told him get a fucking towel and I reported him to the gym office. I also that he does not pay my membership fees. He does not realize that this is a public bathroom


Steve 11 months ago

I wipe with my tongue.


Bert 11 months ago

Wipe my ass never I just let the Muslim next door come and lick my ass clean with their left side of their tongues it seems to get him excited when the seat hits the rim


AHAB THE CAMEL JOCKEY 9 months ago

CUT OFF ALL THEIR RIGHT HANDS AND THAT WILL BE THE END OF OUR PROBLEMS WITH THEM


Aslan 5 months ago

That is how ebola started in Africa, I know lots of Muslims who shake hands with their left,especially to Christians or Jews.


Moe13 5 months ago

Islam, the most ridiculous, backward, barbaric, intolerant, misogynistic, discriminatory, racist, false religion on earth.


Ramallah 5 weeks ago

I could not shake hands with Americans knowing that they do not use water to clean their bums. Just paper! Oh man,That's horrible. In India people use bidets, clean the hose pipe with warm soap water and then use soap water to clean the area. Then use paper to clean and dry the area. As simple as that. Most Americano are lazy and dirty. These worms lick anybody's private area including bums! Never shake hands with them. Indian and Japanese way of Namsthe is better always


rogan 4 weeks ago

actually paper is not used for cleaning, it is used for drying.

when your dog take poop on your hand, do you clean your hand using water or just rub it using paper ? ? ? the logic says: clean it by water.

because, if you just rub your hand using paper, you wont get rid of the smell.

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