Wudhu breaking due to pimples bursting

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I have problem due to acne on my face and on my back when I sit or if pressure is applied on it, it may burst and bleed, mostly blood comes out and there is no pus, but sometimes there is and both are unnoticeable mostly.

1. If this blood comes out, will my wudu be invalid? If yes, then what about prayers that I have offered in it without knowing about it bursting and about wudu?

2. What about the blood spots on my vest as there are a lot of it on it especially when 3 to 4 burst. Will my clothes be impure? Will Salah be valid?

3. Yahya related to me from Malik from Abd ar Rahman ibn al-Mujabbar that he saw Salim ibn Abdullah with blood running from his nose so that his fingers were all coloured red. Then he rubbed it and prayed without doing wudu.

وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنِ الْمُجَبَّرِ، أَنَّهُ رَأَى سَالِمَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ يَخْرُجُ مِنْ أَنْفِهِ الدَّمُ حَتَّى تَخْتَضِبَ أَصَابِعُهُ ثُمَّ يَفْتِلُهُ ثُمَّ يُصَلِّي وَلاَ يَتَوَضَّأُ ‏.‏

USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 2, Hadith 52 Arabic reference : Book 2, Hadith 82

What about this hadith should I follow it then? Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that the ayat “You who believe! When you rise for prayer wash your faces, and your arms to the elbows, and wipe over your heads and your feet up to the ankles,” refers to rising from bed, meaning sleep. Yahya said that Malik said, “The situation with us is that one does not have to do wudu for a nose-bleed, or for blood, or for pus issuing from the body. One only has to do wudu for impurities which issue from the genitals or the anus, or for sleep.”

وَحَدَّثَنِي عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ زَيْدِ بْنِ أَسْلَمَ، أَنَّ تَفْسِيرَ، هَذِهِ الآيَةِ ‏{‏يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا قُمْتُمْ إِلَى الصَّلاَةِ فَاغْسِلُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ وَأَيْدِيَكُمْ إِلَى الْمَرَافِقِ وَامْسَحُوا بِرُءُوسِكُمْ وَأَرْجُلَكُمْ إِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِ‏}‏ أَنَّ ذَلِكَ إِذَا قُمْتُمْ مِنَ الْمَضَاجِعِ ‏.‏ يَعْنِي النَّوْمَ ‏.‏ قَالَ يَحْيَى قَالَ مَالِكٌ الأَمْرُ عِنْدَنَا أَنَّهُ لاَ يَتَوَضَّأُ مِنْ رُعَافٍ وَلاَ مِنْ دَمٍ وَلاَ مِنْ قَيْحٍ يَسِيلُ مِنَ الْجَسَدِ وَلاَ يَتَوَضَّأُ إِلاَّ مِنْ حَدَثٍ يَخْرُجُ مِنْ ذَكَرٍ أَوْ دُبُرٍ أَوْ نَوْمٍ ‏.‏

USC-MSA web (English) reference : Book 2, Hadith 10 Arabic reference : Book 2, Hadith 40



1. Your wudhu will break by it coming out.

Your wudhu will be considered as broken from the time you see the blood.

2. If the blood has spread to more than the circumference of the inner of the palm then you cannot perform salaah with such clothing.

3. You will not practise on this hadeeth.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)