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Blood and Wounds: How They Affect Wudu and Salah

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Q: About blood and wounds.

1. If I see blood stopped flowing from a wound can I perform wudu and salah knowing that either during wudu or during salah due to dabbing the wound blood will start flowing again?

2. I guess the same ruling applies to the case when blood wasn’t flowing but was on the top of the wound before salah and wudu?

3. If I don’t put any plaster on top of wound and perform salah, is it ok if blood is dabbed does it invalidate my salah?

4. if I don’t use any plaster and blood dabs my clothes during salah, is my salah valid, I mean is blood in this case najasa? Or salah is valid but clothes to be washed for next salah?

Please kidnly reply to each question, as I don’t use plasters, they have this glue on them which then has to be washed good for next wudu and I try to avoid it, I also don’t have them always around. Napkin is not possible to secure good always, so is it ok not to put anything on a wound and let the blood be dabbed and let the close be dabbed for this salah and wash them for another? What is the ruling here, I honestly don’t understand what breaks wudu, what breaks salah when it comes to blood and wounds? Kindly try to be detailed and precise in answers, because general answers create more questions sometimes.



1. Why don’t you cover it up with a plaster or bandage.

2. If the blood did not flow, the namaaz is valid.

3. No.

4. Blood that does not flow is not najis.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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