What is the ruling of salah for a woman who experiences vaginal discharge?

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Assalamu’alaykum I am so confused about the ruling regarding female discharge. I get it almost all the time, meaning I make wudu to read Salāh and will probably get it within the first couple of rakahs I pray so for eg, the first four sunnat of Zuhr. But then sometimes I will probably get it in the last 2 rakat sunnah of Zuhr. I’m so confused. Ive asked my local mufti before and he has said that it breaks your wudu everytime and u become mazur if u get it constantly. I dont know if i get it constantly. Its hard to check. What is constantly? Every 5/10 mins or literally every second??? But i know its almost constantly – very frequent. I can never go a Salāh time, nor complete for eg, Zuhr without discharging. Perhaps asr i can manage because it is short but not the rest. Also, I thought it is pure as long as it is white? But then I read the following – Fatwa#: 15878. Please explain


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

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

Please clarify whether you have sufficient amount of time wherein you are able to perform ablution and observe a complete salāh without experiencing any discharge.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

In principle, if a woman experiences discharge without an interval of one complete time of salāh, then she will qualify as a  ma`zūr. Firstly, you should try to observe if you qualify to be a ma`zūr or not. I.e. if the fluid flows out continuously for one full time of salaah (its easier to observe at Maghrib time, as it is the shortest time), and the flowing does not stop for the amount of time in which you could make wudhu and perform the fardh salaah, then you will be regarded as a ma,zur. Once you become a ma’zur, you don’t have to make the abovementioned observation for all times of salaah, but you will remain a ma’zur until the discharge of fluid stops completely, and not a drop is discharged for one full time of salaah.

Hence, you are only required to make ablution only once for every time of salah. Once you have made ablution for a particular salah, you may perform any salah within the time or even perform all those rituals which required ablution. The discharge of liquid during this time of salah will not break the wudhu, nor will it be necessary to clean the impurity. The wudhu will only break once the time of salaah has expired. For example, if you make wudhu after the time of Zuhr has set in, then your wudhu will only break on the expiry of the time of Zuhr. However, if any other act that nullifies wudhu (e.g. passing of wind, etc.) takes place, then the wudhu will break as normal, for you will not be regarded ma’zur in that act.

وصاحب عذر من به سلس بول لا يمكنه إمساكه أو استطلاق بطن أو انفلات ريح أو استحاضة …..إن استوعب عذره تمام وقت صلاة مفروضة بأن لا يجد في جميع وقتها زمنا يتوضأ ويصلي فيه خاليا عن الحدث. وهذا شرط العذر في حق الابتداء ، وفي حق البقاء كفى وجوده في جزء من الوقت ولو مرة وفي حق الزوال يشترط استيعاب الانقطاع تمام الوقت. وحكمه الوضوء لكل فرض ثم يصلي فيه فرضا ونفلا فإذا خرج الوقت بطل
[Radd al-Muhtar `ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 1: 305, H.M. Saeed]

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel. He graduated from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, U.K, with a distinction in Alimiyyah degree. He thereafter travelled to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah Durban, South Africa, to train as a Mufti under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia.

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