Islam Illustrated: Odd Number of Stones

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Muhammad instructed his followers to clean their private parts with an odd number of stones,[1][2] numbering no less than three.[3][4] If you have no stones handy there is no need to worry. According to Islamic law, pages from the Torah or New Testament will do the job just fine.[5]

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  1. "Jabir b. 'Abdullah reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: When anyone wipes himself with pebbles (after answering the call of nature) he should do this odd number of times." - Sahih Muslim 2:463
  2. "Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Whoever performs ablution should clean his nose with water by putting the water in it and then blowing it out, and whoever cleans his private parts with stones should do it with odd number of stones." - Sahih Bukhari 1:4:162
  3. "Salman said that (one among) the polytheists remarked: I see that your friend even teaches you about the excrement. He replied; Yes, he has in fact forbidden us that anyone amongst us should cleanse himself with his right hand, or face the Qibla. He has forbidden the use of dung or bone for it, and he has also instructed us not to use less than three pebbles (for this purpose)." - Sahih Muslim 2:505
  4. "Narrated Salman al-Farsi: It was said to Salman: Your Prophet teaches you everything, even about excrement. He replied: Yes. He has forbidden us to face the qiblah at the time of easing or urinating, and cleansing with right hand, and cleansing with less than three stones, or cleansing with dung or bone." - Abu Dawud 1:7
  5. Judgment: Despising the Torah or the New Testament - Mawsu'at al-Fatawi, Islamweb, Fatwa No. 40378, November 23, 2003