Doubts regarding bleeding gums

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Q: Before praying, I did miswaak (I already had wudhoo). I rinsed my mouth afterwards, and realized there was some blood in my mouth. I did wudhoo again.

At night, I did miswaak again. Like before, upon rinsing I realized I had blood in my mouth. I just got into the habit of doing miswak before prayers, but sometimes I just do miswak and then don’t rinse my mouth. When I spat out blood twice after doing miswak, I came to the realization that perhaps every time I do miswak, my gums bleed, but I had never noticed it before due to not rinsing my mouth afterwards. Therefore, perhaps I had done miswak earlier before a prayer and had prayed without knowing that perhaps my gums had bled. Do I have to repeat my previous prayers?


A: Don’t pay attention to the past which you are not sure of.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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