Does having a smell on my underwear break my Wudhu?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Assalaamu Alaikum wr wb.

Sometimes detect smell on underwear from anus. Sometimes its slightly stronger and at times its a very light smell. Underwear does not appear to be soiled or stained. I wash thoroughly in the shower with soap etc, but after maybe a while a light smell comes back. If I passed stool then after istinja the smell is stronger but no stains. But after taking a shower and clean thoroughly the smell will seem to go, but return maybe after a while, e.g. after sitting down then standing up, then if i was to smell the underwear it will be noticeable but sometimes would be a light smell, and sometimes a stronger smell. How does this affect my Wudhu? My Salaah? Are they still valid if I was to pray without re-washing the anus everytime and making wudhu again, if there is no physical impurity, just a smell on the underwear. Also if i was to detect a smell by placing hand in anus area, a smell can be detected too. Generally a smell on underwear would be detected even if have not recently passed stool, but not as a strong a smell. Do i have to make wudhu everytime I do any Ibaadah that requires wudhu? Also, I try to check after performing SALAAH if there is any smell on underwear , and mostly there is – slightly

JazakAllah Khayran


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Wudhu will not break by merely detecting an odour on the underwear. If one senses anything exiting the private parts, then Wudhu will break.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mizanur Rahman

Student, Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] ملتقى الأبحر، العلامة ابراهيم بن محمد بن ابراهيم الحلبي (المتوفى: 956هـ)، دار البيروتي، دمشق، سوريا (ص: 29)

والمعاني الناقضة له خروج شيء من أحد السبيلين سوى ريح الفرج والذكر


حاشية رد المحتار على الدر المختار: شرح تنوير الأبصار، محمد أمين الشهير بابن عابدين (المتوفى: 1252هـ)، ايچ أيم سعيد كمبني، كراتشي، باكستان) (1/ 135-134)

العلائية: (وينقضه) خروج منه كل خارج (نجس) بالفتح ويكسر (منه) أي من المتوضئ الحي معتادا أو لا، من السبيلين أو لا (إلى ما يطهر) بالبناء للمفعول: أي يلحقه حكم التطهير. ثم المراد بالخروج من السبيلين مجرد الظهور وفي غيرهما عين السيلان ولو بالقوة،