Flowing blood

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Q: I counted my period to be over close to fajr, so I was making my ghusl early in the morning. Before ghusl I squeezed a spot on my body knowing it will bleed a bit. Indeed I saw blood which wasn’t really flowing but was there on the top of the little wound, I applied a napkin on the wound and blood was seen on it afterwards. Few minutes after I started making ghusl, immediately I can say. At the end of ghusl I somehow scratched the wound a bit and probably some blood gathered on the top again and may be flew, but because of water it wasn’t visible. When I finished ghusl I applied napkin again and saw again a little spot of blood on it. I washed that area, applied new napkin so that my clothes are secured from blood and made new wudu and made my isha and with with the same wudu. Fajr starts at 06:26 and I finished my witr at 6:28. Now please let me ask my questions as they are in my head, so that I in shaa Allah can use the knowledge for the future, because I can misunderstand your answer and be wrong in my worship to Allah.

1. If I have a wound that is fresh and blood is flowing – must I wait for it to dry or can continue with my wudu and salah even if I have time to wait? What if I don’t have time? Is applying plaster or a napkin to secure clothes clean from blood really necessary? What if I don’t have a napkin or wound is on such a spot of the body where napkin won’t be attached to or I have no plaster with me, what should I do if obviously blood will flow out of the wound if I dab the wound during wudu or salah and my clothes can become najis too? Please explain me how serious is covering the wound if you have plaster and if you have not, is it necessary or not really, how serious is to wait till blood dries if you have time or if you don’t have time.

2. I have the same question for the situation when blood is not flowing but is only seen on the wound and the skin near it, it will be removed only if you dab it. Is the ruling the same here as in question number 1?

3. In both cases above what can be done with one wudu, sunna and fard salahs of the current time or also two fard salah, for example current asr and then next magrib not renewing wudu? Sometimes you can be out and don’t have possibilities to make new wudu or you are in the meeting. What must you do?

4. I have some qazas to repay, in cases described in question 1 and question 2, can I be making my qazas after a current fard salah all with the same wudu or have to renew it everytime or even wait till blood dries?

5. And finally with all my explanation above how I made ghusl and wudu, how late I was for witr and that I did my isha and witr with the same wudu – is my ghusl and witr valid in shaa Allah?


A: 1. You should wait for it to stop and then commence your wudhu.
If you mean by no time that the time of the namaaz will end then you will perform the namaaz in that state.
It is better, for the clothing to be soiled with impurity is unsightly.

2. If it is not flowing then it is not impure and you may make your wudhu in that state.

3. The invalid (ma`zoor) person can make as much namaaz within that namaaz time. As soon as the namaaz time has ended his wudhu needs to be renewed.

4. As above.

5. The wudhu and ghusl are valid. The witr was valid because of the circumstance.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)