Is it ok to do dhikr in the bathroom?

is it ok to do dhikr in the bathroom

Firstly there is a difference between a bathroom and a toilet. Some bathrooms do not have a toilet in them. Here it is acceptable to say bismillah before you do your wudu.

With regards to bathrooms which have a toilet in them, or a toilet, one simply has to think about what sort of space that it. It is a place where on relieves oneself and contains filth. Therefore it is not an appropriate place to do dhikr.

Moreover, we have been taught to seek refuge before entering the toilet, because the shayateen like to go to dirty palces. Zaid bin Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him) has reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) said:

These toilets are peopled by Jinn and devils, so when one of you goes there say, ‘I seek protection in you from the male and female devil. “Bismillaah, Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min al-khubthi wa’l-khabaa’ith (In the name of Allah)” (Tirmidhi)

Meaning pray the supplication before entering the toilet. When one does dhikr one is glorifying Allah the Almighty. It should therefore be done in an appropriate place with appropriate attire.

As one is often undressed in the bathroom and toilet, it is not the state in which one should be making dhikr. Just as one would not receive guests undressed, one should be mindful of how one is dressed when one makes dhikr.

Making dhikr in the heart is another matter. But one should refrain from saying Allah’s name in dirty places.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim – Tafseer Class Q&A 5th Jan 2022


Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.